For many decades, construction companies have valued apprenticeships for recruiting, developing, and retaining a skilled workforce. Apprenticeship programs combine on-the-job learning with related instruction in technical areas to produce qualified, highly-productive employees for construction jobs requiring precision and safety.
"When you expect your finished product to be high quality, you have to expect your installers and your entire team to execute high quality work. That's one reason we invest so much into training and education. We want to give our team members the tools to produce an exceptional final product that brings added value to an owner's building."
Martin Howard, Executive Vice President, David Allen Company
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Attracting youth to the building trades can be a challenge. The San Diego International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 569 sponsors career fairs for local high school students in career pathways programs, to show them all the opportunities available in the skilled trades. The career fair emphasizes the "earn while you learn" model of apprenticeship, which allows young people to develop skills and build a quality career without the burden of student loans. All training expenses are covered by the IBEW's Training Trust scholarship. Apprentices also have the chance to earn college credits. Check out this video to see how IBEW recruits youth to develop a pipeline of diverse, talented workers for the future.
These resources provide the information and building blocks you need to start designing your apprenticeship program.
For more resources, program examples, and marketing materials, go to the Construction Community of Practice page.
For more than 100 years, North America's Building Trades Unions (NABTU) affiliate unions have maintained apprenticeship programs that have become one of the largest privately-funded education programs in North America. The Buildings Trades' affliate unions and their signatory contractors have more than 1,600 training centers in the United States, and invest over $1.3 billion annually in apprentice and journey-level training.
On May 22, 2017, North America's Building Trades Unions, conducted an Accelerator Conference in Lakewood, CA to share lessons-learned and best practices for expanding apprenticeship in the Los Angeles/Orange County region. Multiple stakeholders shared their experiences and answered participants' questions throughout the day.