ABC NorCal’s Construction Craft Laborer Apprenticeship Program lasts a minimum of two years and 3,000 on-the-job training hours. The majority of experience is gained through practical on-the-job training.
A normal workweek is 40 hours, however, it can vary depending on weather conditions, job delays, or other unforeseen circumstances. Apprentices should be prepared to travel to job sites and training locations.
ABC NorCal apprentices earn competitive wages and wage rates are established by the state. The starting wages, about half of the salary of a trade professional, increase as the apprentice learns new skills, becomes more proficient and takes on more complex tasks. In addition to the quoted base wages, ABC NorCal apprentices earn health benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance and an employee assistance program.
ABC NorCal apprentices attend school while enrolled in the program. Expert-led classroom instruction includes theory, safety, proper technique and trade-specific fundamentals. Students also benefit from instructor demonstrations and simulations.
After completing the ABC NorCal’s Apprenticeship Program, graduates receive a journey level card and certificate of completion from the State of California and the US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship. More importantly, they will have the skills and credentials necessary to succeed in today’s competitive workforce.
ABC NorCal’s Apprenticeship Programs were developed to increase the number of highly skilled craftspeople in the construction industry. Accredited by the State of California’s Division of Apprenticeship Standards and the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship, our apprenticeship programs adhere to all industry standards and regulations.
Because of the length of the program, commitment to the classroom and on-the-job performance requirements, one should be passionate about and dedicated to their chosen trade. When making selection decisions, ABC NorCal looks for candidates who want to become career construction craft laborers.
I understand that I am not applying for employment with the Trust Fund and/or the Unilateral Apprenticeship Committee (UAC) and that I have not been assured employment with any employer participating in the ABC Northern California Chapter apprenticeship program. I understand that I will not be an employee of the Trust Fund and/or the UAC and that I will be employed directly by the employers participating in the ABC Northern California Chapter apprenticeship program. I understand and agree that the Trust Fund and/or the UAC cannot be held liable as my employer if my employment with any participating employer is terminated. The applicant agrees to comply with the UAC’s rules and regulations, which require that the applicant submit all disputes with the Trust Fund and/or the UAC to final and binding arbitration.
I understand that I may be required to submit to a physical examination and pre-employment screening if required by participating employers. In consideration for my participation in the apprenticeship program, I agree to assume all risk, responsibility, and liability for any kind of injury or damage I may receive or sustain as a result of participation in the apprenticeship program. On behalf of myself and my personal representatives, heirs, and next of kin, I agree to indemnify, hold harmless and release the Trust Fund, the UAC, and the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., their agents, consultants, and employees (“the releases”) from any and all claims of damage or liability resulting from my participation in the apprenticeship program, including property loss, property damage, personal injury, or death, whether arising from the negligence of the releases or otherwise, to the fullest extent permitted by law.
I authorize the Trust Fund and/or the UAC to investigate my and other matters related to my suitability for apprenticeship and further authorize the release of such information to the Trust Fund and/or the UAC. I certify that the above information is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I understand that my omission or misstatement of fact on this application or on any document used to secure admission into the apprenticeship program shall be grounds for rejection of this application or immediate discharge from the program.
Apprenticeship Recruitment, selection, employment and training shall be without discrimination because of race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin or ancestry, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, military and veteran status, or any other status protected by law.
This data is for analysis only and does not impact acceptance into the apprenticeship program.
WHITE (Not of Hispanic origin) - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, North Africa or the Middle East.
BLACK or AFRICAN AMERICAN (Not of Hispanic Origin) - A person having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa.
AMERICAN INDIAN OR ALASKA NATIVE - All persons having origins in any of the original peoples of North America and who maintain cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community recognition.
HISPANIC - A person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, South Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin,regardless of race.
ASIAN or PACIFIC ISLANDER - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast, Asia,the Indian subcontinent, or the Pacific Islands. The area includes, for example, China, Japan, Korea, and Samoa.