A Registered Apprenticeship Program is the best way to break into the construction industry. At little to no-cost, these programs allow the apprentice to earn and learn from on-the-job experience. Below are the advantages to Registered Apprenticeship Programs:

  • They teach apprentices through an earn while you learn model. This enables apprentices to earn a livable wage, while learning the skills and education necessary to advance in their chosen trade and top out as a journeyman. Earning a paycheck while learning vital trade skills keeps apprentices motivated and engaged.
  • The construction industry is one large support system. In most cases, the support is from fellow apprentices or journeymen within your trade or specialty craft. Apprentices learn on-the-job skills by working directly with journeymen, who show them the ins and outs of the trade.
  • Registered Apprenticeships are unlike any other educational experience. Apprentices learn through hands-on training and classroom instruction. This style of education allows apprentices to take skills learned in the classroom and apply them on the jobsite.
  • The vast majority of most journeymen were once apprentices themselves and understand apprentices need to learn how to do the work. Apprentices should feel confident asking journeymen any questions pertaining to the trade.
  • Being trained through a Registered Apprenticeship Program can be very rewarding, as it can open up many doors. For instance, journeyman can relocate to another Local throughout the country if they so choose. The certifications you earned and the skills they have mastered make them a very marketable tradesmen or tradeswoman.

Pennsylvania is proud to have several Registered Apprenticeship Programs that are also accredited from the Council on Occupational Education (COE). This is a nationally-honored seal of excellence for occupational education institutions and this ensures that not only do the students who are completing the Registered Apprenticeship Program receive the training required for their trade, but also exceed stated criteria of educational quality and student achievement and earn a college degree.