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Apprenticeship offers the best of both worlds: paid on-the-job training and related classroom instruction.  Since 1933, formal apprenticeship has played an important role in assuring North America of a steady supply of skilled workers.
In many ways, the apprenticeship system has been one of America's best kept secrets!

Formal apprenticeship is most highly established in the Building Construction Industry where management (the building contractors) and labor (the craft unions) maintain a long tradition of working together to recruit and  train new workers in order maximize the productivity of its workforce! The vast majority of union carpenters, electricians, plumbers, sheet metal workers, ironworkers, glaziers and elevator constructors learned their trade through formal apprenticeship.

However, outstanding job training opportunities are not just limited to the building construction industry! Many industries sponsor apprenticeship programs and many corporations and government agencies offer summer internship programs
which offer high school and college students a chance to earn income and gain valuable work related experience before they graduate!

is a practical source of information regardless of which career or job training program interests you. We'll guide you to outstanding online resources. Apprenticeship is an excellent place to start your career search!

Apprenticeship is intended to be a self-help information based web site-always free to the user. We are not an employer, a labor organization,  immigration advisor or a job placement agency.

So why not join the thousands of young men and women across the U.S. and Canada who are earning excellent wages and benefits as they learn a skilled trade or vocational skill.

Are you ready? Let's get started!

John L. Web Manager
The Building Construction Industry

1. What is the nature of the building construction industry in
the United States?

The industry is divided into four main classifications:
RESIDENTIAL: Construction of single family housing,
  apartment buildings, town homes and condominiums.
 COMMERCIAL: Construction of office buildings, store fronts, shopping centers, restaurants, malls, motels
  and hotels.
 INSTITUTIONAL: Construction of schools, hospitals,  prisons, federal, state & local government office buildings & facilities.
 INDUSTRIAL: Construction of factories, power plants,    warehouses, refineries and research & development  facilities.
Building trades construction projects are classified as:

 NEW CONSTRUCTION: When a new structure is built from
  the ground up.
TENANT IMPROVEMENT: When an existing structure is modified and  or upgraded.
Construction projects are financed by either:

The Private Sector
Public Funds
A Combination of Both Public & Private Funds

PUBLIC WORKS projects are funded with tax dollars and usually entail certain bureaucratic stipulations, such as:

A certain percentage of the project's contracts shall be awarded to minority owned businesses.

A certain quota of minorities on the work force shall be maintained for the duration of the project.

Workers shall be paid no less than the local prevailing wage for their occupations.


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