DeForest, WI – The Wisconsin Laborers’ Apprenticeship and Training Fund has hired Saul Castillo as their new Director of Outreach and Equity. In this role, Mr. Castillo will work to create structured programs and pathways to the Construction Craft Laborer registered apprenticeship program including collaborating with Community-Based Organizations (CBO’s) and assisting other marginalized groups who have barriers entering the construction industry.
Mr. Castillo joins the Wisconsin Laborers’ Apprenticeship and Training Fund having spent the last ten years working in various positions at the Madison Area Technical College. He most recently served as the Interim Associate Dean in the School of Technologies and Trades, and he has significant experience working with underserved populations and CBO’s helping open pathways to careers.
“I started my career as a union apprentice at General Motors, and I know firsthand the value that unions and their registered apprenticeship programs have for people to have rewarding careers with great wages and benefits,” said Saul Castillo. “The Wisconsin Laborers have a strong apprenticeship program, and we are the most diverse trade in the construction industry, and I’m excited to use my skills to foster current relationships and build new ones to help open doors for people to join our great union.”
“Saul is a great leader, and we are excited to have him join our union to help grow our apprenticeship program and create equity for all people to succeed pursuing a career as a union construction craft laborer,” remarked John Schmitt, President/Business Manager of the Wisconsin Laborers’ District Council.
Mr. Castillo will be based out of the Wisconsin Laborers’ Training Center in DeForest. A photo of Mr. Castillo can be found here.
The Wisconsin Laborers’ District Council is an affiliation of five Laborer local unions, representing nearly 9,000 construction craft laborers throughout Wisconsin. The Laborers are the most diverse trade in the construction industry servicing employers in transportation infrastructure, building, sewer and water, utility distribution, demolition, asbestos removal, and related sectors.