Detroit investing $30 million into skilled trade training center

A $30 million training center for carpenters and millwrights will be built in Detroit to expand on skilled trades in the city.

Officials with the Michigan Statewide Carpenters and Millwrights Joint Apprenticeship and Training Fund and Mayor Mike Duggan on Monday announced plans for the center.

The facility is expected to be constructed by mid-2021 on city-owned land on Detroit's west side.

Students will study and train in an apprenticeship program designed and taught by the carpenters and millwrights union. Enrollment in the apprenticeship program is free.

The Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights signed on two years ago to the Mayor's Skilled Trades Employment Program. The skilled trades union says 25 percent of incoming first-year carpenter apprentices will be Detroit residents.