Apprenticeship is the gateway to most construction building trades careers. New people enter into an apprenticeship program for their chosen trade. Similar to other careers, each apprenticeship program varies in skill and time requirements.
Apprenticeship is a plan. Each plan contains on-the-job work experience, classroom training, school hours, an outline of skills to be learned and the wages you will receive while you are an apprentice.
Apprenticeship is a partnership between you, the union and the employer. As you progress in your plan, your knowledge and your wages will increase.
Apprenticeship is the “Earn while you learn” model for post-secondary training. Why wait to start making a good living? Get to work now and save on your education costs. Most costs of training are either completely covered or highly subsidized by the union. You earn wages and benefits from the first day of your on-the-job training. You work side by side with skilled crafts persons who guide, teach and mentor you.
Apprenticeship leads to a career. When your apprenticeship is completed, you will graduate into journey level status as a crafts person who is fully skilled and knowledgeable of all aspects of your trade.
The construction industry in Minnesota is one of the fastest growing industries in the state.
There is a high demand for skilled construction workers in Minnesota
Construction workers receive better pay and benefits than the average Minnesotan
There will be over 25,000 job openings in the construction industry over the next 6 years.
Construction workers in Minnesota make on average over $27/hour. Well above the national average.”