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WHAT IS APPRENTICESHIP?
Apprenticeship is career education combining extensive on-the-job training and related classroom instruction. Apprenticeship usually lasts four years. During this time, the apprentice works under the supervision and guidance of a skilled craftsperson.
Each apprentice is required to attend classroom training where he or she learns the theory and technical aspect of the construction trade. Classes are held two nights each week for 2.5 hours each night. Use of tools, safety, job terminology, codes, etc. are included in the classroom training. Apprentice learn how had why something is done.
ON THE JOB TRAINING
Apprentices are full time employees and earn a wage while in training. An apprentice’s pay generally starts at about 50 percent of the experienced craftsperson and increases throughout the apprenticeship.
ABC San Diego wants to help you plan and realize your goals. Apprenticeship training gives construction workers a considerable advantage over those trained by informal means. Advantages include:
- Qualification for a Higher Level of Pay
- Certification of skills from the State of California, Division of Apprenticeship Standards, and U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship.
- Earn college degree credits through San Diego City College (San Diego Community College District).
- Family medical/dental insurance benefits.
- Exposure to the latest technology and building codes.
- Life-long job mobility through a nationally recognized certification program of your skills.Job satisfaction: it is rewarding to see your skills in a finished structure and to be part of a construction team.
- Job security: skilled construction workers are in high demand.
- Low stress: specific job requirements produce less mental stress.
- Physical exercise: maintains a healthy body.
- Hours of employment: weekends and evenings are usually free for recreation.
- Income: unlimited earning power in an unlimited construction career path.
- Portability: skills that you can take anywhere and find work.
HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO GET STARTED:
- All applicants must be 18 years or older, and must have a high school diploma or equivalent, Board of Education certified GED.
- Electrical candidates must also show proof of a C grade or better in basic Algebra.
- In order to identify the best candidates for the program, applicants must pass a rigid qualifying test that evaluates reading comprehension and math computation skills.
- Candidates who sucessfully pass the qualifying examination proceed to an oral interview and a drug-screening test. Electrical applicants must also pass a color vision screening.
- Once the candidate passes all tests and interviews, he/she is indentured and referred to a prospective employer.
IS A CAREER IN CONSTRUCTION RIGHT FOR YOU?
The ABC San Diego Training facility houses 16 classrooms, a compute lab, and a hands-on working lab of over 11,000 square feet.
Please email Tracey Barrett, Director of Education, or call her at (858) 513-4700 for information about apprenticeship training, or for a personal tour of our facilities.
The recruitment, selection and training of apprentice for the San Diego Apprenticeship Training program shall be without discrimination of color, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation.