Applying and being accepted into one of the 16 apprentice training programs offered by the region’s building trades is no different than applying to college.
Here are the steps:
At www.buildersguild.org under the apprenticeship tab, all 16 trade training programs are listed with contact information and website links. In addition to their main course of instruction, there are a variety of sub-specialties. Look through all the offerings and then pick the one, two, three, or more trades you have an interest in.
Application periods and fees vary by trade. You can determine the application periods and fees for each of the trades you’re interested in by visiting their specific website. You can also check www.buildersguild.org periodically, where current updates on application periods are posted on the Home page. Make sure you have your driver’s license and grade transcript with you, as well as another form of identification to verify citizenship when you apply.
Most of the trades will require you to take a math and aptitude test. If you had good grades in math and reading comprehension, you should have no problem with these tests. If you score above a pre-determined cut-off score, you’ll be called for an interview.
Interviews are conducted by union members and contractors. Remember, the unions and contractors are paying for your education, and paying you while you train, so we need to make sure in our minds that you have the dedication and commitment to the trade and the program. Dress neatly, a coat and tie is not a bad idea. Look at people in the eye and express your desire to be a part of the building trades. And leave that smartphone in the car!