What is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training (OJT) and related classroom instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of the Construction trades. A progressively increasing schedule of wages is based on the journeyman hourly wage. These increases occur with satisfactory progress in both related instruction and on-the-job training until wages reach 85 to 90 percent of the rate paid the journeyman. Upon completing your apprenticeship, you receive an Apprenticeship Completion Certificate and are recognized as a qualified journeyman nationwide. This Certificate is one of the oldest, most basic, and most highly portable industry credentials in use today. Apprenticeship graduates earn an average of $58,000 per year.