Finding the right job can be tough, and the options can be confusing. What if you could learn a trade while you to earned your paycheck? An option that gave you qualifications that could lead to a lifelong career in the construction industry?
Construction is one of the few industries where you can start at ground level, work your way to the top, get paid as you learn a skill and where you can get a good job just about anywhere you choose to live.
Many careers are built around hands-on work and the construction industry is huge; there are millions of employees in the field, and new projects are going up all over the valley every day. Almost half a million Americans around the country go into construction apprenticeships every year.
Apprenticeship is a proven industry-based learning system that combines on-the-job experience with technical training resulting in a certified journey person. An apprentice is a worker who learns a craft through planned, supervised On-the-Job-Training (OJT) in conjunction with receiving planned, related technical instruction in a classroom setting. They are taught the proper use, care and safe handling of tools and equipment used in their work.
The ABA provides formal apprenticeship training in many programs that are registered and approved by:
In the ABA Apprenticeship Program, you earn while you learn. When you begin your apprenticeship, the starting wage is generally about 50% of the journeyman rate and increases about every six months as you satisfactorily progress in the program. Near the end of training, an apprentice is performing as a skilled craft worker and is earning about 95% of the journeyman wage. As you continue in your career, your rate of pay increases with your knowledge and abilities.
The ABA’s members consist of about 95% of all general contractors in Arizona and look to our programs first when seeking motivated skilled employees.
Upon successful completion, apprentices are recognized at the journey-level in their trade and are awarded their Journeyman Cards as well as other Nationally recognized and portable credentials.