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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
27. Are there other apprenticeship programs for occupations outside of the building construction industry?There are federally approved apprenticeship programs for over 830 occupations in the U.S. About 100,000 new apprentices are registered every year. There are about 350,000 individuals participating in close to 43,000 registered apprenticeship programs in the U.S.! To obtain more detailed information regarding apprenticeship opportunities, be sure to contact the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration in your state .
28. What if I get tired of "working with the tools"? Are there career options?Absolutely. Once one has completed an apprenticeship program and gained some experience as a journeyman, there are many career options available. Some journeymen go on to become: Detailers, estimators, project managers, superintendents, engineers or contractors. Many of today's building contractors gained their knowledge, expertise and experience through apprenticeship and on-the-job training in the building construction industry.


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