Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation. Apprenticeship programs are operated on a voluntary basis by employers, employer associations and labor organizations. The related classroom instruction is given in the program sponsor’s training facility or a local technical school. College credit is earned through local Community Colleges.
The apprenticeship training period ranges from three to six years. Apprentices are taught the proper use, care and safe handling of the tools and equipment used in connection with their work. To round out their training, classroom work is required in subjects to the trade.
Apprentices earn while learning; the more they learn, the higher the pay. Most apprentices are paid nearly 60% of a journeyperson’s wage to start. As they climb the ladder to the final qualifications, their wages are increased at regular intervals. At the end of their term of apprenticeship, they become a journeyperson and draw full pay and benefits for their skill.
Men and women 17 or 18 years old (depending on the trade) are eligible to apply. Applicants must be physically able to do work of the trade. Some trades require an entry examination, a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate. Apprenticeship programs provide equal opportunity to all persons, regardless of race, sex, national origin, religion or age.
Our Contractors spend more than $2,900,000 annually for Training and Education.
Other sources of information about the construction industry, scholarship programs, and career opportunities in construction are available from many professional and trade associations. For additional information regarding specific programs please click on the respective trades below:
Laborers’ Local 534 Middletown
5527 Hamilton-Middleton Road, Middletown 45044
Laborers’ Local 1410 Dayton
2228 East Third Street, Dayton 45403
Laborers Local 329 Lima
4580 S. Dixie Highway, Lima 45806
Picture ID and copy of High School Diploma or GED required