Apprenticeship...THE FOUNDATION OF A QUALIFIED WORKER
One of the top priorities identified in this state and
around the entire country is the growing demand of highly
trained and skilled workers in the construction trades.
In order to promote training and recruitment into registered
apprenticeship programs to meet these demands, the Texas
State Building & Construction Trades Council promotes the
use of Pre-Apprentice Training Programs, developed by the
Building & Construction Trades Department Joint
Apprenticeship Training Committee, in public and private
schools. This will give many students the preparation they
need to enter into the apprenticeship programs in the
construction trades and help lower the high numbers of
students that choose to drop out of school. Due to the
increased cost of a college education, many students that
graduate high school never plan on attending college.
Apprenticeship training is the best way to provide a highly
skilled and trained workforce in the construction industry.
Apprentices that participate in a program registered with
the United States Department of Labor are provided training
in two ways. They get to work on a job for a participating
contractor in order to receive credit for on-the-job
training hours and they attend training classes related to
the trade they have chosen. Most apprenticeship training
programs are four (4) or five (5) years and as the
apprentice progresses their pay increases. The training
costs are provided by the apprenticeship program that is
jointly managed by Labor and Management.
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