The United States Department of Labor announced Monday that Brother Ray Boyd, a 31-year member of the United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA), will serve on the recently relaunched Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship. Boyd is currently the Assistant Director for Education and Training for the United Association’s International Training Fund, where he oversees the UA’s apprenticeship and training programs.
“I can think of no better person – no better building trades member – to serve on this committee than Ray Boyd. As the proud product of a building trades apprenticeship, just like myself and Secretary Walsh, Ray will bring an important perspective to this committee,” said Mark McManus, General President of the United Association. “Over his thirty-one-year career at the United Association, Ray has helped prepare the next generation of apprentices for success. Ray will be a valuable member of this committee as they work to expand the registered apprenticeship system and grow our nation’s workforce.”
“Thirty-one years ago, I began my apprenticeship with the United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) at Philadelphia Plumbers Local 690. The skills I learned not only prepared me for a good job – they gave me the tools I needed for a great career,” said Ray Boyd, Assistant Director for Education and Training for the UA International Training Fund. “I could not be prouder of my role overseeing the United Association’s International Training Fund, where I pass on those same tools to our apprentices today. I am honored and humbled to be appointed to the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship to continue and expand this important work with the Department of Labor. Secretary Walsh and I are both proud products of building trades apprenticeships, and I look forward to working with him and this committee to ensure that the next generation of tradesmen and women are equipped with the tools they need to have a fulfilling and successful career.”