Through apprenticeship programs, new entrants to the industry receive supervised training on the job and related theoretical instruction under the tutelage of master craft workers who are members of the building trades unions. Apprentices are employed and receive wages while training on-the-job, and the cost of the related instruction is paid for by the sponsoring JATC. This "earn while you learn" feature of apprenticeship makes it affordable for all.
Minimum qualifications, application and selection procedures, training content, wage progressions and completion requirements are determined by the apprenticeship programs of each affiliated union. All programs encourage women and minorities to apply.
The apprenticeship programs of the building and construction unions operate under standards registered and certified by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, U.S. Department of Labor, or by a state apprenticeship agency.
An innovation in the apprenticeship programs of the building trades combines apprenticeship with college study. In some programs, apprentices are "dually enrolled" in the apprenticeship program and in a college degree program. These programs recognize the achievement of those who successfully complete their apprenticeship and offer participating apprentices expanded career options. One such program is through the National Labor College, which offers apprentices an opportunity to receive college credit for their related instruction and on-the-job training, and simultaneously work toward a Bachelor of Technical Studies.
IRONWORKER APPRENTICESHIP AGREEMENT
The Ironworker Apprenticeship consists of a 4 year program, 8000 hours of on the job training and 816 hours of classroom training. An agreement is signed between the Apprentice and the Local Apprenticeship Committee and the Apprentice is registered with the United States Department of Labor of Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, the standards will be given to applicant during the application process.
The potential apprentice must first complete an application for apprenticeship at Ironworkers Local 402, be prepared to attend school whenever requested by the Apprentice Program. School is mandatory and unexcused absentees are grounds for termination from the program. During the Apprenticeship all apprentices will be subject to random drug test as part of the Iron Workers Substance Abuse Program.