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Workers have learned trades or a craft through apprenticeship programs that provide "earn while you learn" opportunities. Apprenticeship programs combine paid on-the-job training with formal classroom instruction over a period of years to mentor and nurture craftsmanship that will last a lifetime.

California Infrastructure Apprenticeship Opportunities

California is currently recruiting candidates for apprenticeships in many of the building trades as hundreds of thousands of jobs are being created to rebuild the State’s bridges, roads, schools, and levees. Under California law, there must be one apprentice for every five journeymen employed on these public works projects.

It is estimated that California will need nearly 200,000 apprentices over the next 10 to 12 years, especially...

  • carpenters
  • ironworkers
  • laborers
  • operating engineers
  • cement masons

Qualifying for California Apprenticeship Programs

Anyone from the age of 17 with a high school diploma or a GED who demonstrates perseverance, ambition, and initiative may be eligible for an apprenticeship program. However, it’s important to select and pursue a craft that you have some aptitude for, or have some previous experience in, as well as the physical ability to perform. It’s also important to find out if you meet the minimum qualifications for that trade or craft. For more information about minimum qualifications, go to:

Apprenticeship training is designed by local apprenticeship committees along with California Division of Apprenticeship Standards consultants who are registered with the State. The committees and consultants define the number of hours required to learn the craft or trade as well as other processes. Most apprenticeships require four years of training, but some can take as long as six years.

At the start of their training programs, apprentices are usually paid between 35 to 50% of the wage earned by a skilled craftsman, and receives increases at regular intervals throughout their training program.

Apprentices also attend classes, usually at night at public schools such as community colleges, four hours each week for about 108 hours a year. Classes may include such subjects as safety laws and regulations, mathematics, drafting, blueprint reading and other sciences connected with a particular trade. Apprentices are usually required to furnish their own hand tools.

Each apprentice signs an agreement with a JAC, UAC or an individual employer prior to enrollment in the apprenticeship program. When the apprenticeship is successfully completed, the State of California will issue a "Certificate of Completion."

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For more information go to the California Division of Apprenticeship Standards.

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