This information on apprenticeships in the Nebraska/Southwest Iowa area
could be your best tool for maintaining the advantage needed in todays job
market. The Council encourages you to
consider a career in the construction industry.
Construction jobs provide excellent pay, and apprentices are paid
graduated percentages of journeyworker's wages. Construction jobs also come with excellent benefits (vacation,
health insurance, pension, etc.).
The first step to a career in the construction industry is to consider a
trade or craft that interests you; one you could perform and enjoy for a good
part of your life. The second step is
to examine the specifics of that trade or craft as listed here. Finally, contact any of the apprentice
coordinators listed on this site and start the application process.
What is an Apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a formal method of training. Unlike other training methods apprentices
learn a trade or craft through a program of on-the-job training and actual
classroom work. Apprenticeships last
from three to six years and during this time apprentices spend 2,000 to 10,000
hours in on-the-job training. By the
end of the apprenticeship an apprentice has developed skills and knowledge that
are applicable throughout an entire craft of trade.
Apprenticeship programs are operated as cooperative efforts: Employers and unions working together to
develop a pool of qualified journeyworkers for the future. This cooperation between management and
labor involves skilled journeyworkers who handle classroom and on-the-job
training aspects, and management representatives who oversee the efficient
operation of the program and assist in curriculum development.
For more information contact:
Nebraska/Southwest Iowa Building
And Construction Trades Council