What is an Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are rigorous training programs that combine in-class and on-the-job training for workers in a specific trade. Apprenticeships are valuable construction industry tools to train new workers, retrain current workers, and help the industry adapt to emerging technologies. This section explains common industry terms and provides some resources to understand how the apprenticeship system works.
This short video provides an overview of the apprenticeship system, using footage of apprentices on the job.
Video Courtesy of the California State Building and Construction Trades
Registered Apprenticeship programs meet the skilled workforce needs of American industry, training millions of qualified individuals for lifelong careers since 1937. Registered Apprenticeship helps mobilize America’s workforce with structured, on-the-job learning in traditional industries such as construction and manufacturing, as well as new emerging industries such as health care, information technology, energy, telecommunications and more. Registered Apprenticeship connects job seekers looking to learn new skills with employers looking for qualified workers, resulting in a workforce with industry-driven training and employers with a competitive edge.
Joint-Labor Management Apprenticeship
Joint labor-management apprenticeships in the construction industry are high quality training and re-training programs to introduce new workers to construction skills and to upgrade the skills of the exisiting workforce as construction materials and processes evolve. Joint labor-management training programs, which are jointly funded and managed by workers and contractors, combine in-classroom learning with on-the-job skills training on real construction worksites. Apprentices “earn while they learn,” earning wages while completing apprenticeship training, allowing them to support themselves and their families while receiving comprehensive training for lifelong construction careers. Apprentices also receive multiple industry- recognized certifications as transferable proof of their skills and competencies as they move through the training process.
These programs help place workers consistently in jobs that provide family- supporting wages and benefits. They also provide free classes for mid-career workers to refresh or update their skills as building methods and materials advance. This creates additional training opportunities in the industry for entry-level workers and experienced workers alike as the industry continues to build more efficiently and safely.
Construction Apprenticeship Programs: Career Training for California's Recovery
Corinne Wilson (2009)
This report demonstrates the strengths of joint labor-managment apprenticeship programs. Situated in the context of the rise of a new green economy, the report breaks down the different components of apprenticeships, graduation rates, and variations in wages between trades.
Workforce Development and Apprenticeship (Excerpt from Book, Beyond Green Jobs)
Villao, Le, et al. (2012)
This excerpt comes from California Construction Academy's Book Beyond Green Jobs. It provides an overview of the apprenticeship structure, pipeline, and career ladder, and explains the connection of apprenticeship to energy efficiency.
What is Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are rigorous training programs that combine in-class and on-the-job training for workers in a specific trade. Apprenticeships help train new workers, retrain current workers, and allow the industry to adapt to emerging technologies. This graphic explains the pipeline to construction jobs with and without apprenticeships, and illustrates the construction career ladder.
Your Path to a Construction Career
Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) (2011)
This graphic by Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) depicts the different entry points to a construction career.