Craig Maley Apprentice of the year, listed left to right: Ryan Garbarino, Trustee; Gerald Simpson, Training Director; Craig Maley, Apprentice of the year 2020; Brady Horne, Business Manager; Matt Baker, Assistant Training Director

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Instructor of the Year Lacy Park with Gerald Simpson Training


If you have any questions, please contact Gerald Simpson.
Office: 804-991-4555
Cell: 804-836-4707
Gerald Simpson, Training Director
Matt Baker, Assistant Training Director

2020-2021 Training Schedule

We will be having the below-listed training classes from now through late spring 2021. You must sign up for these classes 2 weeks in advance if you plan to attend due to training material needed and classroom seating due to COVID-19.

Face Masks REQUIRED and social distancing practices will be in place and enforced.

All classes will start promptly at 8 am and are open to all members of IUOE #147 and IUOE #465 that are in good standing.

March 13, 2021 Forklift Training and Refresher
March 27, 2021 HAZWOPER 8 Hour Refresher
April 24, 2021 First Aid, CPR, AED Training
May 22, 2021 OSHA 10 (Day One) Note for OSHA 10… Must attend both days.
May 23, 2021 OSHA 10 (Day Two)


All classes will be held at the IUOE Local #147 Training Site in Disputanta, VA.
If you have any questions feel free to call. Morning refreshments are provided, please bring your lunch.

Disputanta, VA 23842

Please call Gerald Simpson for more info and to sign up for these classes due to training info needed.

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New Overhead Crane

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2017 Apprentice-of-the-Year Tyler Thompson

Injured Workers Law Firm Scholarship 2019
$5000 Scholarship for Trade or Vocational Students

At the Injured Workers Law Firm, we believe in our community and in education. We understand the importance of giving back, which is why our firm is a proud sponsor of a number of charitable organizations throughout the Richmond area.

As Richmond workers compensation lawyers, we advocate for employees throughout Virginia who have been injured or developed an illness at work. We have seen firsthand the strength of Virginia workers, particularly those in the trades, and how they form the backbone of our economy.

According to firm founder Michele Lewane, “We know that there is a demand for highly skilled workers in the trades, particularly in Virginia. These workers bring so much value to our state, and help to ensure that our communities thrive.”  Across the nation, high-paying skilled trade jobs are unfilled, while many students with bachelor’s degrees are unable to find jobs.

For this reason, the Injured Workers Law Firm has decided to offer a $5,000 trade school scholarship. The scholarship is available to ALL VIRGINIA STUDENTS who have been accepted to an accredited vocational or trade school, and who meet the qualifications as described below.

Scholarship Rules

To apply for the Injured Workers Law Firm Scholarship 2019, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • U.S. citizen or authorized to work in the United States
  • Accepted and will be attending a two or four-year trade school in the fall of 2019
  • Academic achievement as reflected by an undergraduate or high school cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Resident of Virginia

A full list of the scholarship eligibility requirements can be found here.

As an integral part of its commitment to provide highly skilled heavy equipment operators and stationary/facilities engineers to the construction, stationary and environmental industries, the International Union of Operating Engineers developed and implemented comprehensive training programs that are widely recognized as the best in those industries.

IUOE local unions throughout the U. S. and Canada , with extensive support and input from the International Union, administer the training programs.

Additionally, the IUOE has cooperative working agreements with the U. S. Department of Energy to administer and operate the nation’s foremost hazardous materials (HAZMAT) training program and the International Environmental Technology and Training Center , both located at the IUOE National Hazmat Project in Beckley, WV.

The IUOE also participates in the Job Corps program, a training program for young people, age 16 – 24. The IUOE has training agreements with the U.S. Departments of Labor and Agriculture to administer and operate pre-apprenticeship training programs at various Job Corps training centers throughout the U.S.