If you complete the application process, get selected, and find an opportunity with a contractor to begin an apprenticeship, then 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 to learn” program, meaning you are paid from the start of your apprenticeship for the job you do, learn from professionals in the field, and also have an opportunity to attend classes. Be aware that construction is often seasonal work, so apprentices may be out of work or laid off as certain points in the year (i.e. colder months). You will need to plan for this in how you spend your money and time, but part of being in a construction union is to support you in finding work when contractors are hiring.