Partnering with Local 787

A trained and skilled workforce is necessary for rebuilding and developing Puerto Rico. Also necessary, is a partnership with contractors and developers who are interested in expanding their opportunities to develop the Commonwealth. Local  787 is fortunate to have Representatives in Puerto Rico ready to work with all interested contractors and developers. You can use the resources below to learn more about what a partnership with Local 787 would mean and call our office at 787-695-0477.


You can also reach out to Council Representative Maria Socorro Oyola 939-216-6545 or at

The Most Skilled and Best Trained Carpenters Start Here


Apprenticeships with The Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters are conducted by specialty experts in the trade at some of the most state-of-the-art training facilities including Puerto Rico. Apprentices can learn the skills they need to have a successful career in the construction industry including, but not limited to, commercial carpentry, residential carpentry, heavy highway, pile driving, floor laying, cabinet making, and trade show carpentry. Since some of your training will occur on job sites while going through your apprenticeship, you will be able to earn as you learn. 


Call 939-216-6545

Local 787 Training Center


The cutting of the ribbon in March marked the beginning of something special in Puerto Rico. The Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters were given the opportunity to help develop the region and the training center is a huge milestone.

The training center is located at: 

Calle 190 KM 1.5 Lote 6

Industrialville Park

Carolina, PR 00983

 Carpenters Ribbon Cutting in Puerto Rico a Success 


The United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) and the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters (EASRCC), which jointly represent over 500,000 carpenters and joiners across the hemisphere, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Puerto Rico leaders for a new state-of-the-art 13,000 square foot Training Center in Carolina, Puerto Rico. This facility, the first of its kind on the island, will house the Councils’ Puerto Rico headquarters and the Apprenticeship School Program, which is being expanded and made available to the community.


The ribbon cutting was attended by local leaders including Alex Amparo (FEMA’s Coordinating Officer in Puerto Rico), Alex Joel Torres Guzmán (Auxiliary Secretary of the Puerto Rico Corrections and Rehabilitation Department), representatives of the Town of Carolina, and from the mainland including Former UBC General Secretary-Treasurer Michael Capelli, UBC Eastern District Vice President William Waterkotte, EASRCC Executive Secretary- Treasurer William C. Sproule, and President of Heart 9/11 Bill Keegan.


The UBC and EASRCC provide essential training, development, and resources for the current and next generation of skilled construction professionals. Together they have been conducting community and humanitarian work in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria destroyed the island in 2017. In partnership with not-for-profit organization HEART 9/11, they have assisted in the rebuilding of homes and vital community infrastructure while also providing training and support for local rebuilding, clean-up and construction brigades on the ground.



EST WIlliam C. Sproule

“We strongly believe that the best support anyone can provide to Puerto Rico is investing in the people of Puerto Rico. In over two years of community and humanitarian work here after Hurricane Maria, we have learned that training and empowering the current and next generation of skilled construction professionals on the island is imperative for local communities to rebuild and thrive long-term.” – William C. Sproule – EST