An apprenticeship is the pathway to an excellent career in the construction industry. Apprentices learn the skills of a specific trade through a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction, which can range from three to five years, based on the requirements of the trade.
Numerous studies have shown individuals educated through apprenticeships, vocational degrees and technical schools are in great demand. A report from Georgetown University predicts that nearly two-thirds of available jobs in 2020 will not require a bachelor’s degree. Instead, roughly half of those jobs will require vocational training such as an apprenticeship, making the construction trades an in-demand field.
The Cleveland Building Trades are dedicated to providing our apprentices with the best up-to-date training to help them become the most qualified professionals within the building and construction industry. Our Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committees (JATC) oversee certified and accredited training programs for apprenticeship training and upgrade training for journeymen.
Unlike college education, where students can amass anywhere from $10,000 to $250,000 in student loan debt, apprenticeship education and instruction is free. Our apprentices earn while they learn, allowing them to make a livable wage and receive excellent health and retirement benefits.
Apprentices within the Cleveland Building Trades are a regular part of the workforce and earn escalating wages while learning important skills within their chosen trade. Most apprentices are paid 40-70% of a journeymen’s wage to start. As they climb the ladder to the final qualifications, their wages increase at regular intervals. When a person finishes an apprenticeship, they become a journeyman and draw the full pay for their trade.
To learn more about the admission requirements and terms of apprenticeship training for a specific construction trade, please visit the JATC Training Centers page.