Apprenticeships

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Registered Apprenticeships are post-secondary work-based, earn-and-learn programs that meet national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor (or federally recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies).

The State Apprenticeship Agencies that administer these programs must meet federal and state standards; protect the safety and welfare of apprentices; issue nationally recognized Certificates of Completion of Apprenticeship to apprentices; and assure that all programs provide high quality training and produce skilled and competent workers.

Learn how an apprenticeship can work for you: https://www.apprenticeship.gov/

Watch videos featuring apprentices with and without disabilities and their apprenticeship sponsors. These inclusive apprenticeship programs in high-growth industries like information technology and healthcare show how #ApprenticeshipWorks for everyone. Videos are available in English and Spanish with full captioning and audio introduced versions.


 

CAREERS IN CONSTRUCTION

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Registered Apprenticeships are post-secondary work-based, earn-and-learn programs that meet national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor (or federally recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies).

The State Apprenticeship Agencies that administer these programs must meet federal and state standards; protect the safety and welfare of apprentices; issue nationally recognized Certificates of Completion of Apprenticeship to apprentices; and assure that all programs provide high quality training and produce skilled and competent workers.

Learn how an apprenticeship can work for you:

#ApprenticeshipWorks 

US Dept. of Labor - How Apprenticeship Works 

Search for apprenticeships near you: http://www.dol.gov/apprenticeship/find-opportunities.htm

Learn how apprenticeship can work for you as a job seeker or employer by watching ODEP’s video series featuring apprentices with and without disabilities and their apprenticeship sponsors. These inclusive apprenticeship programs in high-growth industries like information technology and healthcare show how #ApprenticeshipWorks for everyone. Videos are available in English and Spanish with full captioning and audio introduced versions.

US Dept. of Labor - How Apprenticeship Works


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California Apprenticeship Coordinators Association

http://www.calapprenticeship.org

A union apprenticeship is an excellent career choice if you like to work with your hands; are willing to serve an apprenticeship for up to five years, (depending on the trade you select); have mechanical ability, problem-solving skills and like to work with a team; and want to earn a living wage and good benefits. Benefits of an apprenticeship include:

  • Become skilled in a trade, and get paid to do it - "Earn While You Learn!"
  • Paid "scholarship" - no or low-cost supervised training
  • Full-time employment with career placement built in
  • Progressively increasing wage with excellent benefits
  • Nationally recognized credential - Completion of Apprenticeship Certificate
  • Improved job security and standard of living
  • Opportunity for college credit and/or associate degree

Check out the link above for a variety of apprenticeship opportunities.


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Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. - San Diego Chapter

https://www.abcsd.org/

ABC San Diego trains apprentices in Electrical, Plumbing, Pipefitting, Sheet Metal and Electronics Systems Technician. Employers participate as "sponsors" by employing the apprentice full time in the trade. The sponsoring employer agrees to train the apprentice in the individual trade while the apprentice earns a living and builds a reputation as a skilled, knowledgeable and reliable employee.

Classes are held two nights each week for 2.5 hours each night. The total number of classroom hours is determined by the curricula of the respective trade. ABC apprentices must receive a minimum of 180 hours of classroom instruction each year.

ABC San Diego wants to help you plan and realize your goals. Apprenticeship training gives construction workers a considerable advantage over those trained by informal means. Advantages include:

Qualification for a higher level of pay

  • Certification of skills from the State of California, division of Apprenticeship Standards, and U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship.
  • Earn college degree credits through San Diego City College (San Diego Community College District).
  • Family medical/dental insurance benefits.
  • Exposure to the latest technology and building codes.
  • Life-long job mobility through a nationally recognized certification program of your skills.

The recruitment, selection and training of apprentices for the San Diego Apprenticeship Training program shall be without discrimination of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation.

Qualifications:

  • All applicants must be 18 years or older, and must have a high school diploma or equivalent, Board of Education certified GED.
  • Electrical candidates must also show proof of a C grade or better in basic Algebra.
  • In order to identify the best candidates for the program, applicants must pass a rigid qualifying test that evaluates reading comprehension and math computation skills.
  • Candidates who successfully pass the qualifying examination proceed to an oral interview and a drug-screening test. Electrical applicants must also pass a color vision screening.
  • Once the candidate passes all tests and interviews, he/she is indentured and referred to a prospective employer.
  • In addition to on-the-job training provided by the employer, apprentices must attend classes two nights a week to master the technical and theoretical requirements of the trade.

See the 5 step process to enrolling in the apprenticeship program.


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Associated General Contractors of America - San Diego

http://www.agcsdatt.org/apprentice_information/

The AGC operates the state’s first and largest open-shop apprenticeship program. As opposed to a labor union, the AGC program is run by contractors, for contractors. AGC is well respected throughout the industry due to contractor management of the program and the skill, integrity, and responsibility that exemplifies AGC members. They are firmly committed to increasing the number of skilled construction workers by providing the highest level of training and education to registered apprentices.

WHAT IS AN APPRENTICESHIP?

Apprenticeship training consists of a combination of on-the-job training, plus related education. All registered apprentices would become full-time employees of a construction company and learning their trade on daily basis. Since apprentices are employees, they are earning income while they are learning.

The second requirement is related education. Apprentices must attend classes two nights per week for a minimum 24 weeks out of the year.

The entire program lasts between 2-4 years depending on the trade, and upon completion/graduation, the AGC and state of California award a certificate that is recognized throughout the industry as a valid indicator of high quality training, signifying that the apprentice has completed an apprenticeship program which meets the industry standards of occupational proficiency.

The Associated General Contractors of America, San Diego Chapter, Inc.'s Joint Apprenticeship Committee is accepting applications on a continuous basis for its open shop (non-union) apprenticeship program in the following crafts:

Carpenter

  • Cement Mason
  • Drywall Finisher
  • Drywall Lather
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Laborer
  • Painter

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • 18 years of age minimum
  • Proof of high school diploma or GED
  • Good physical condition (physical exam and drug test may be required
  • Must be able to consistently get to and from work and school
  • Applicants must provide the following documents when applying: proof of high school diploma or GED and employment verification as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Most employers also conduct pre-employment drug testing.

For further information, or to get involved in this innovative program:

San Diego Apprentice Training Facility
6255 Ferris Square
Suite C
Phone: (858) 558-8700
Fax: (858) 558-8694
Contact: Charles Henkels

http://www.agcsdatt.org/apprentice_information/


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BC3 - Building California Construction Careers
 http://www.buildingc3.com/

Building California Construction Careers (BC3) is a program designed to educate the public about construction career opportunities and apprenticeship. BC3 is currently funded by a grant through the California Employment Development Department. This website provides all the information you will need to investigate a career in construction, including a self assessment, information on the various trades, an apprenticeship search page and so much more.