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Apprenticeship

What is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is the gateway to all construction building trades careers. All new people enter into an apprenticeship program for their chosen trade. Similar to other careers, each apprenticeship program varies in skills and time needed.

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 educational cost. 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.

Did You Know?

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Is Apprenticeship the Right Choice?

Minnesota’s apprenticeship system offers an opportunity for a person to enter at a high-wage through on-the-job training and classroom instruction. The earn-while-you-learn system enables individuals to move to the top of the wage scale in three to five years.
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  • Public College: Students pay $29K
    (The average cost of four-year state university tuition in Minnesota.).
  • Private College: Students pay $133K
    (The average cost of four-year private college tuition in Minnesota.).
  • Apprenticeship: Students earn $144K
    (Average wages earned by an apprentice during four years of on-the-job training.)
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