Recognizing the distinction between a lifelong career and a day-to-day job can make all the difference in the masonry industry workforce of today and tomorrow.

It is an attitude that begins with the apprentice, but by no means stops there. New masonry workers û and potential workers û are looking for more than just the proper way to hold a trowel. They want to know that this is a career worth getting into for the long haul.

To that end the International Masonry Institute (IMI), in coordination with the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) and signatory contractors, is building on its solid foundation of training programs. Some of its more recent initiatives enhance BAC's apprenticeship system, while others focus on keeping the more seasoned journeymen and women up-to-date and engaged.