It is through our International and Local Unions’ apprenticeship
training programs that we are able to maintain a skilled, diverse
workforce for construction projects of the Coalition.
What is an Apprentice?
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 this 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.
What are the qualifications to become an apprentice?
Qualifications to become an apprentice include a strong foundation of
math and literacy skills, a high school diploma or an equivalency
diploma, and the ability to successfully complete an aptitude test.
Additionally a qualified candidate will be physically fit, drug-free,
have access to reliable transportation, and have proof of citizenship or
the legal right to work in the U.S.
What are the benefits of Apprenticeship Training and Union Membership?
Apprenticeship training provides individuals with the skills needed to
compete economically and work safely. Union construction workers receive
higher wages and better benefits than those employed by non-union
Information about how to apply to various apprenticeship programs in the
building trades can be found on the NYS Department of Labor’s website
APPRENTICESHIP - EARN WHILE YOU LEARN
Where do skilled, quality trained craftsmen come from? From the
various apprenticeship training programs that are operated by each
These elaborate training programs continually produce the skilled
craftsmen who enter the union workforce as a “journeyman” or
“journeywoman” after completing 3-4 years of training, depending on the
craft. And, while learning the “tools of the trade,” an apprenticeship
You can enter a training program as a first year apprentice or later,
depending on your skill level in the craft you are apprenticing.
Lastly, union training programs are fully funded by our unions and the
contractors. No federal or state funds are used to train union
Should you have any questions regarding apprenticeship training just
contact any of the Coalition’s Apprenticeship Directors listed here.