October 04, 2019
Today, Governor Steve Sisolak announced the appointment of Richard Williams as State Director of Apprenticeship. As Director, Williams will be responsible for overseeing all state apprenticeship programs, conducting outreach, educating the community, and providing technical assistance to employers.
“Richard has spent over 20 years as a labor leader in the construction industry, including many years overseeing training curriculum for a Nevada State Indentured Apprenticeship Program,” Governor Sisolak said. “Richard’s extensive work in the trades, combined with his leadership roles and direct experience both participating and running apprenticeship programs, sets him up well to be Nevada’s State Director of Apprenticeship. As the job market evolves, I am excited that Nevada, with Richard’s help, will be leading the way in training Nevadans for good, high-paying jobs.”
Williams previously spent over 30 years working as a carpenter and serving in various leadership roles with the carpenters union. For many years, he served as a Board Member with the Southern & Northern Nevada Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee where he was responsible for overseeing the training curriculum and administrative duties of a Nevada State Indentured Apprenticeship Program. Since 2003, he was the Business and Political Coordinator for the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters where he assisted with various needs, including labor relations, dispute resolution, contract negotiations, and public relations. He was also a Board Member for the Southern NV Carpenters Annuity Trust, and he served for 18 years as an Executive Board Member, including President for six years, of Carpenters Union Local 1780 in Las Vegas. Williams began his career completing a four-year carpenter apprenticeship program.
Williams has lived and worked in Las Vegas for over 25 years. He received his Journeyman Carpenter Certificate from the State of Nevada in 1996. Williams also earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and an A.A.S. in Business Management from Community College of Southern Nevada. Williams lives with his wife and two sons – both of whom are enrolled in the Clark County School District.