The Northern California Laborers Apprenticeship Program is designed to provide the best of construction education and on-the-job training (OJT) to apprentices. In order to be eligible to join the Apprenticeship program you must: Be at least 18 years old; Have the ability to communicate safely on a jobsite; Be physically able to perform the work of the craft; Pass a drug test; Have a valid California driver’s license.
The course is a combination of 4,000 hours worked out in the field and 6 weeks of school. Many members are able to accomplish this in under 2 years. It is comprised of six levels, the first two levels are 600 hours each with the next 4 levels being 700 hours each. This allows apprentices to perform many of the types of construction performed by Laborers such as pouring concrete, laying asphalt, installing storm drains and water mains, working on bridges and driving tunnels. Laborers also perform many safety-related duties such as flagging and traffic control.
Since proper training and safety habits are so important on today’s construction sites, Laborer apprentices start their careers by spending a few weeks receiving hands-on training at the Training School in San Ramon, our Sacramento Union Hall location or Northern California Construction Training in Sacramento. While there they learn basic construction skills before they are dispatched to their first construction site.
The instructors at the center get them familiar with the tools and techniques they will be using while teaching them safety procedures. Apprentices leave the training center with the knowledge and confidence that will help them be successful. After apprentices have gained some work experience, they return to school for additional required training.
Unlike other programs which may last up to 4 or 5 years, the Laborer apprentice graduates to journeyman status after just 4,000 hours of OJT (usually completed in under two years) and six weeks of skills training at the training center. With this behind them, they have what it takes to have a successful career as a Construction Craft Laborer. The current starting wage for a first period apprentice is $18.55 with increases each time a level is completed.
If you are interested in joining the Northern California Laborers Apprenticeship Program, you can visit their website or call them at (925) 556-0858.