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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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John L. Web Manager
20. How can I get into an apprenticeship program?Once you have decided which trade you wish to pursue as a career, you must find out which apprenticeship programs are open for application and follow the appropriate application procedures.21.How can I find out about apprenticeship openings?You must contact the JAC which has jurisdiction over the trade that you are pursuing. Keep in mind that if you live in a major metropolitan area, there may be more than one JAC per trade.   For example, there are approximately six different JAC's, each having its own program, for the Electrical Construction industry in the San Jose-San Francisco area alone!22.   What kind of services do the Employment and Training Administration and State Apprenticeship Councils provide?These government financed agencies offer a wealth of information and services regarding current private sector apprenticeship programs in your area. You should make every effort to contact them and take advantage of the services that they have to offer.
23.   What are the usual application procedures for apprenticeship?Application procedures vary from program to program.   Contact the appropriate JAC and make sure that you get all the details regarding application procedures.   There may be a large turnout to obtain applications, so plan to arrive early.   Find out beforehand if you have to provide documents such as:
        Proof of citizenship or legal residency
        High school   transcripts
        Driver's License
Many applicants are disqualified early from the application process on technicalities.   Don't be one of them!
24.   What are the usual minimum qualifications?Most programs require that the applicant:
        Be at least 18 years of age ( 17 in some cases)
        Have a high school diploma or GED (general equivalency diploma)
        Be a citizen or legal resident of the U.S.
        Possess a valid driver's license
        Be in excellent physical condition
Once an applicant has met all the preliminary qualifications, he may be required to take a Mechanical Aptitude Test, which is usually scheduled at a later date. Oftentimes, a basic math test is required at the time of application.


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