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What is an apprentice?

An apprentice is a worker who learns a skilled trade through planned, supervised on-the-job training and related classroom instruction. An apprentice is a regular part of the work force and earns wages while acquiring important skills for the trade. The length of an apprenticeship program ranges (depending on the trade) from two to five years. At completion of the program, an apprentice becomes a journeyman. fully qualified to perform the work of their trade and earn full pay for their skills. 

How do I prepare for apprenticeship?

For those interested in becoming a skilled journeyman, the importance of a well-rounded high school education cannot be over emphasized. A strong background in math, reading, and science is helpful. Good attendance is a NECESSITY. It is very important that an apprentice in any trade have reliable transportation.

Today's competitive industry requires employees who can perform technical task, exercise good judgment, and possess a strong work ethic.

How do I get selected?

The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) of each trade conducts the selection of apprentices. Member representatives of both management and labor organizations staff these committees. Each JATC seeks men and women who demonstrate the best character, aptitude, motivation, and personality traits conducive to success in their trade. Apprentice candidates are considered under the equal employment opportunity guidelines. Applicants may be required to participate in standardized testing and/or interviews by the JATC. It is their goal to select candidates who demonstrate reliability and a sincere desire to learn.

What about training?

To be certain apprentices get proper training, both federal and state agencies establish standards, which supervise the progress of the apprentice. Each apprenticeship program must adhere to these regulations and standards, which are registered with the State of Arizona. The US Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training assists in the formulation and administration of these standards.

Apprenticeship training offers a lifetime career with the opportunity for advancement in jobs with excellent pay and benefits.

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