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An apprentice is a training-level employee who works in the building and construction trades while also attending classes to learn industry skills and safety techniques. Wages for an apprentice increase over the course of his/her training, which lasts from two to five years depending on the trade. An apprentice who graduates to journey-person is recognized as a well-qualified worker who can command the best wages and benefits.
Qualifications to become an apprentice include a strong foundation of math and literacy skills, a high school or equivalent diploma, and the ability to successfully complete an aptitude test. Additionally, a qualified candidate must be physically fit, drug free, have access to reliable transportation, and have proof of citizenship or the legal right to work in the United States of America.
Apprenticeship training provides individuals with the skills needed to compete economically and work safely. Union members of the building and construction trades typically receive higher wages and better benefits than those employed by non-union contractors.
A candidate must be 18 years of age and provide the following information at the time of application:
Applications will not be processed until the above qualifications are met. Applications may be updated at any time.
Applicants are ranked numerically on an eligibility list for Apprenticeship entry. Ranking points are given for education, previous employment, past employers recommendations and for military service. Classes useful in preparation for a career in the Union iron working industry are:
The Apprenticeship Program runs for four years. Every student will be required to attend 188 hours of classroom training each year.
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