For 31 years, Jon Bersche has brought great passion, and results-oriented success to his work ranging from youth and young adult education, program development; general contracting/carpentry, pre-apprenticeship training and program management; and workforce development.
After engaging his pre-apprentices in civic action to lobby the Seattle City Council to support the Priority Hire Ordinance, Jon joined the City’s new Labor Equity Team in August of 2015. In his role as that team’s Job and Training Advisor, Mr. Bersche immediately assessed the state of the Puget Sound region’s construction pre-apprenticeship training opportunities.
This research culminated in the founding and facilitating of the Regional Pre-Apprenticeship Collaboration. Since January of 2016, Jon has brought together more than 50 industry professionals each month to build a truly regional pre-apprenticeship system of shared best practices and high training standards, supported by policy and procedures that would provide a clear, direct and sustainable pathway to high-paying, long-lasting construction careers (with benefits and a pension) for local, low-income residents – especially black Americans, women, and other people of color.