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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.

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14. Isn't it nearly impossible to learn a craft or get into a craft union without "knowing someone"?Not at all. The misconceptions and mystique surrounding the craft and craft-unions are the remnants of a legacy which dates back to the secret Journeymen's Societies of 14th century Europe. These early associations were fraternal and religious in character. They set high standards of workmanship and moral conduct for their membership. They also carefully guarded trade-secrets and limited membership to their associations, in order to assure themselves of a livelihood. For many years, learning a craft and being granted membership to a craft union were, for the most part, a father-to-son tradition which usually excluded "outsiders".Even in modern times, learning a craft and being granted membership to a craft union are, in no way simple tasks. The recommended way to accomplish these two goals is to undergo a union/contractor sponsored apprenticeship program.
15. What is apprenticeship?In order to become a skilled craftsman in one of the building trades, you must first serve in a probationary training program, otherwise known as apprenticeship. The idea behind apprenticeship is not new; It has been around civilization for quite a few centuries, dating back to the time of the medieval craft guilds. Apprenticeship is the primary process through which a craft or trade is passed along from one generation to another. An apprentice works alongside a journeyman who (through on-the-job-training) teaches the apprentice the trade. It is only after the apprentice attains a certain degree of proficiency in the trade that he is allowed to advance to the level of journeyman.The apprenticeship process became more standardized in the United States in 1937 with the Federal Government's passage of the Fitzgerald Act, legislation which provided the U.S. Department of Labor with the authority to regulate apprenticeship program standards nationwide. States were given the option to develop their own programs, so long as they conformed to minimum federal standards.Most apprenticeship programs are fully implemented at the local level by the Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC); Each trade has its own JAC. The modern JAC sponsored apprenticeship is among the best vocational training available.Unionized construction is one of the few industries in which management, labor and government cooperate. Of course this cooperation makes tremendous sense; After all, all of the parties involved have something to gain. Management (the building contractors) assures itself of a pool of trained, qualified workers; Labor (the craft unions) maintains a marketable product; the skilled journeyman. And the apprentice is given the opportunity to receive excellent vocational training, usually with no previous experience and at virtually no cost.One of the greatest advantages of apprenticeship is on-the-job training which gives the apprentice a chance to earn while he learns.


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