Apprenticeship Training

What is an apprenticeship? 

An Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation.  

Apprenticeship programs are operated on a voluntary basis by employers, employer associations, or management and labor groups (unions). Federal and State Governments are also involved in that they promote the establishment of apprentice programs and provide technical assistance to program sponsors. The related classroom instruction is usually given in the program sponsor’s training facility. Most trades require three to five years to complete a program. 

Apprentices earn as they learn!

The pay scale for apprentices is based on wages of a “Journeymen” (i.e., workers who have completed the program), and may start at about 35% to 50% of the Journeyman rate. Apprentices receive pay increases as they advance through the program. Such increases may occur every six months or every year. Additionally, there are fringe benefits, such as vacation, health and pension plans.  

Who pays?

Apprenticeship programs are usually funded and administered by cooperative Labor-Management Committees (JAC’s).  Industry funds the program with little or no cost to each apprentice.  Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds can also provide additional assistance for the costs of the educational component, and supportive costs such as tools, books, uniforms and other training costs.  

The Region VI Workforce Development Board will cover the costs of 1 year (12 months) of apprenticeship training, including but not limited to the costs of the classroom training, supportive services (as determined through an assessment of need) and out-of-pocket expenses for tools, uniforms, boots, etc. not to exceed a total cap of $6000. Participants must complete one year of apprenticeship classroom training (144 hours minimum) within 12 months of the start of the apprenticeship. 

For more information visit WV Apprenticeships or call one of the numbers listed below.  

For more information call (304) 755-5611                     

For more information call (304) 363-9250 

For more information call (304) 342-3004 

Cement Masons 

For more information call (304) 622-0151 ext 12 

For more information call (724) 695-3902

Iron Workers 
For more information call (304) 232-2660 

For more information call (304) 489-9665 

For more information call (304) 422-1593 

Operating Engineers 
For more information call (304) 273-4852 

For more information call (304) 343-8250 ext 10 

Plumbers & Pipefitters 
For more information call (304) 296-7562 

For more information call (304) 489-2111 

Sheet Metal Workers 
For more information call (304) 422-5549 

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