If you complete the application process, get selected, and find an opportunity to begin an apprenticeship, what will your apprenticeship schedule look like? Typically, you will spend about 80% of your time on the job and 20% of your time in school. An apprenticeship with the construction union trades is an “earn as you learn” program. This means you are paid from the start of your apprenticeship for the work you do, learn from professionals in the field, and also attend classes. Be aware that construction is often seasonal work. So, apprentices may be out of work or laid off at certain points in the year (i.e. colder months). You will need to plan how you spend your money and time. However, part of being in a construction union is supporting you in finding work when contractors are hiring.
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