THE UNITED STATES Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, approved the apprentice program for Construction Craft Laborer in the Chicago District Council area on April 12, 1999,.
The term of apprenticeship is approximately two years. A minimum of 2400 hours of on-the-job work training and 360 hours of classroom training is required over the course of two years in order to become a journeyworker. Apprentices start at 60 percent of the journeyworkers rate and progress to 70, 80, 90 and 100 percent as they fulfill specific work and training requirements. Benefits are established using the same guidelines as for journeyworkers.
Individuals apply to become an apprentice through a process which is scheduled based on demand (see Application period at right for current information.) Application dates are advertised in newspapers, trade publications, informational mailings, and on this website.
We believe that the Apprentice Program brings greater respect and honor to our trade. Workers who are better trained and educated will practice safer work habits and be more productive on the job. An integrated combination of safety, productivity and training benefits not only the Laborers' Union, but also Union Contractors.