What is an Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is a structured system of training designed to prepare individuals for occupation in skilled trades and crafts. It combines on-the-job training under the supervision of experienced journeyman workers with related classroom instruction. Apprentices who successfully complete the prescribed number of hours of training in a registered apprenticeship program are awarded certificates of completion.

What Does Apprenticeship Offer?
Workers who complete apprenticeship programs can expect to hold good jobs at good pay. Their skills are a source of personal satisfaction as well as employment security. Statistics show that graduates earn higher wages, have more stable work records, and are promoted sooner and more often than workers who have not been trained through apprenticeship programs.

All apprentices receive FREE 5 years of related instruction at the Local 520 Training Center as a registered apprentice with the US Department of Labor Bureau, of Apprenticeship and Training. Apprentices also receive good pay and benefits while working for the contractors they are sent to work with by the Joint Apprentice Committee. At the successful completion of the 5 years of instruction and on-the-job training, each apprentice will be eligible to receive up to 32 college credits FREE. The college credits may be applied to an Associate degree in a technical degree field relating to construction. The Apprentice may take other required courses to complete a degree on their own at a college while serving an apprenticeship and use the apprenticeship credits earned (after they complete the apprenticeship) to graduate with an Associate degree at the same time they complete the apprenticeship program. The only cost is for the courses the college requires to complete the degree.

The Top 5 Reasons To Become An Apprentice:

  1. For the serious learner, it is the best way to learn a Trade or Craft.
  2. You can earn a regular wage while you learn.
  3. You are supervised on the job by journeymen.
  4. An expert who is usually a journeyman teaches you in class.
  5. You are taking steps necessary to become a journeyman with the pay and prestige offered by the position.

How Much Are Apprentices Paid?
Apprentices in Local 520 start by earning fifty percent of the journeyman worker's wage and receive yearly increases if their progress is satisfactory.


For information on the apprenticeship program offered at UA Local 520