It is a combination of on the job training and related classroom instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation. 
Apprenticeship programs are operated on a voluntary basis by employers, employer associations, or management and labor groups (unions). The Federal and State Governments are also involved in that they promote the establishment of apprentice programs and in that they provide technical assistance to program sponsors. The related classroom instruction is usually given in the program sponsorís training facility. Most trades require four to five years to complete a program.
The trades represented by the JATC have different requirements and programs that must be completed. Most include classroom instruction, computer skills and on the job training.
The pay scale for apprentices is somewhat less than that of "Journeymen" (i.e., workers who have completed the program), and may start at about 35% to 50% of the Journeyman rate. Apprentices receive pay increases as they advance through the program. Such increases may occur every six months or every year. Additionally, there are fringe benefits, such as vacation, health & welfare plans, pension plans, and other benefits.
Specific information about the participating JATC members trades can be found by clicking the logos found on the home page. Such as; what qualifications they require, description of the job and how to apply for appreticeship. You will also find links to local union web sites, other union links on the internet, and how to contact us if you need more information.