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You, an apprentice? How about that!
Four thousand years ago apprenticeship was
recognized as the best way to train someone
as a skilled craftsman.
Today, 4,000 years later, it still is.
APPRENTICESHIP helped build this country--
bridges, skyscrapers, factories, superhigh-
ways, aircraft, autos, ships, TV, beer cans,
houses, your wrist watch, your shoes, the
works--you name it.
APPRENTICESHIP is a training system, based
upon a written agreement between the appren-
tice and the employer, by which a worker
learns a skilled craft or trade on the job.
APPRENTICESHIP programs include 2 or more
years of on-the-job training under the guidance
of an experienced craftsman, who was once an
APPRENTICESHIP also means a few hours in
the classroom each week to help explain the
reasons why certain things are done in a cer-
tain way on the job.
APPRENTICESHIP is a no-nonsense system.
Detailed work and study records are kept, and
the training progress of the apprentice is eval-
HOW IT OPERATES
Apprenticeship programs are conducted by
the voluntary cooperation of labor, management,
schools, and government throughout the country.
In many local areas the principal crafts have
joint apprenticeship committees of six mem-
bers, three from management and three from
labor. These committee members are respon-
sible for conducting and supervising their craft's
local apprenticeship program.
They test, select, and sign up (indenture) the
apprentice and register him with the U.S. De-
partment of Labor's Bureau of Apprenticeship
and Training, or with the State Apprenticeship
Agency, if there is one.
They supervise and evaluate the variety and
the quality of the apprentice's work experience.
They certify the apprentice as a journeyman
after he has satisfactorily completed the ap-
The requirements for apprenticeship vary
somewhat from place to place. Generally, you
should be between the ages of 17 and 26. (Vet-
erans may add their years of service to the 26-
You must be able to work with head and
hands, and be good at both. You've got to be
in good physical shape, capable of performing
the work of the trade.
Some trades require a high school diploma or
its equivalent. Other trades prefer this, but do
not insist on it.
Assistance to help pass entrance tests is
being offered to those who may not have al I the
requirements to enter an apprenticeship pro-
This help is being offered in most of the big
cities through such organizations as the local
AFL-CIO building and construction trades coun-
cil, the Urban League, Workers'Defense League,
or other Community Action agency.
If you want to be an electrician, for instance,
and you figure your high school studies are not
enough to let you pass the mathematics and
physics questions, check with the building
trades council or the Urban League or the Ap-
prenticeship Information Center at the local
employment service office.
They will have information about attending
one of the special 4-week courses which are
conducted to prepare applicants for apprentice-
ship tests as openings for electrician appren-
tices become available.
There are about 350 apprenticeable trades.
You will find 79 major occupations listed in the
back of this pamphlet.
The number of years apprentices must serve
is shown beside each occupation.
One of the nicest things about apprenticeship
is that you are paid whi le learning. Starting
pay is usually 40 to 50 percent of the journey-
man's going rate. In most areas, it will vary
from $2 to $3 an hour.
More than that, the apprentice making satis-
factory progress gets a raise in pay every 6
months, until he is earning about 90 percent of
the journeyman's current rate during the last
6-month apprenticeship period.
And then, of course, there are fringe benefits
like paid vacations, paid holidays, insurance,
hospitalization, and retirement pension plans.
MORE MONEY TALK
How would you like to earn $28,000 over a
period of 4 years while learning a skilled trade
Fantasy? By no means.
Let's just suppose you are a construction
trades apprentice in the Milwaukee area. The
lowest starting wage rate for apprentices in
these trades is $2.50 an hour.
Let's say you have selected a trade which
pays $5 an hour to the finished craftsman. The
apprenticeship requires 4 years. The following
table shows what you could be earning during
each 6-month period as you move ahead:
Training Period Weekly Pay 6-month total
First 6 months $100 $ 2,600
Second 6 months 110 2,860
Third 6 months 120 3,120
Fourth 6 months 130 3,380
Fifth 6 months 140 3,640
Sixth 6 months 150 3,900
Seventh 6 months 160 4,160
Eighth 6 months 180 4,680
Now, $28,000 is not a small sum to earn while
you learn in a 4-year apprenticeship program.
This figures out to $7,000 a year.
For eligible veterans there is an additional
pleasant financial twist. The Veterans' Edu-
cation and Training Amendments Act of 1970
provides the following:
Regardless of the wages paid by the em-
ployer, VA's monthly training assistance allow-
ance to a veteran pursuing a full-time approved
apprenticeship is as follows:
No One Two or
Periods of depend- depend- more
training ents ent depend-
First 6 months $108 $120 $133
Second 6 months 81 92 105
Third 6 months 54 66 79
Fourth and any suc-
period 27 39 52
After completing a 4-year construction trades
apprenticeship, you could be making a minimum
of $200 a week as a journeyman at present rates
of pay, not including overtime and not counting
other fringe benefits.
The national average journeyman rate for 30
trades (building and construction, metal, found-
ry, printing, and automotive) comes to $8,500 a
For example, an apprentice starting out now
with one of the Nation's largest automobile
manufacturers in any one of eight major occu-
pational categories (mostly metal trades) would
earn an average of $9,800 as a journeyman.
THE MEN AND THE BOYS
This is where we separate the two. If you're
looking for a soft touch, forget it. This isn't
it. Apprenticeship is no snap. It demands hard
work and has tough competition.
You've got to have the will to see it through.
This takes ambition. It takes drive. It takes
Many an apprentice has fallen by the wayside
because he sees his buddies making more money
right now in jobs with little future.
Don't let this happen to you. The temptation
will be to drop out of an apprenticeship program
and get some kind of job that pays more money
But you don't want just some kind of job.
So, don't settle for one.
What you want is a career.
So, get one.
Start with apprenticeship. After your appren-
ticeship term, and for the rest of your life, you'll
have a skill. You'll be a highly respected
craftsman, and your buddy will still have '"some
kind of job."
WHERE TO BEGIN
If you're interested in an apprenticeship
get in touch with:
The Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training
regional offices (listed in the back of this
pamphlet). For local offices near you, con-
sult your telephone book.
The Apprenticeship Information Center
near you (also listed).
The nearest State employment service
office (consult your telephone book).
The Urban League in your city.
A firm that has workers in the trade in
which you are interested.
The local union that represents the trade
in which you are interested.
HERE ARE JUST A FEW JOBS WHICH
The 79 jobs listed below have training periods of at
least 2 years and some as many as 6 years. Some of
the occupations are broken down into more special-
ized jobs, so that the total number of apprenticeable
occupations is close to 350. Numbers in parentheses
indicate the number of years of training required.
Aircraft fabricator (3-4)
Airplane mechanic (3-4)
Asbestos worker (4)
Automotive mechanic (3-4)
Butcher-meat cutter (3)
Cabinetmaker-mi I Iman (2-4)
Candy maker (3-4)
Canvas worker (3)
Cement mason (3)
Dairy products maker (2-3)
Electrical worker (4-5)
Fabric cutter (3-4)
Floor coverer (3-4)
Glazier-glass worker (2-4)
Heat treater (4)
Lead burner (5)
Metal polisher and
Model maker (4)
Operating engineer (3-4)
Optical technician (4)
Plate printer (4)
Plumber-pipe fitter (4-5)
Printing pressman (4)
Rotogravure engraver (5-6)
Sheetmetal worker (3-4)
Sign, scene, and pictorial
Stationary engineer (3-4)
Telephone worker (4)
Terrazzo worker (3)
Textile technician (2-4)
Tile setter (3)
Tool and die maker (4-5)
Wallpaper craftsman (4-5)
Wire weaver (3-4)
REGIONAL OFFICES Bureau of Apprentice-
ship and Training
John F. Kennedy Fed. Bldg.
Boston, Mass. 02203
341 Ninth Avenue, Rm. 906
New York, N. Y. 10001
5000 Wissonhickon Avenue
Philadelphia, Pa. 19101
1371 Peachtree St., NE. Rm. 729
Atlanta, Ga. 30309
219 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, III. 60604
411 North Akard Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
911 Walnut Street, Rm. 2107
Federal Office Bldg.
Kansas City, Mo. 64106
New Custom House Rm 314
721 19th Street
Denver, Colo. 80202
450 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, Calif. 94102
506 Second Avenue
1809 Smith Tower
Seattle, Wash. 98104
APPRENTICESHIP INFORMATION CENTERS
Birmingham 1816 Eighth Avenue, North
Phoenix 438 West Adam Street
Bridgeport 753 Fairfield Avenue
New Haven 634 Chapel Street
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
Chicago 321 South State Street
Gary 1200 Broadway
Indianapolis 145 West Washington Street
Des Moines 150 Des Moines Street
Topeka 1301 Topeka Boulevard
Wichita 402 E. Second Street
Baltimore 1100 North Eutaw Street
Boston 408 South Huntington Avenue
Detroit 8600 Woodward Avenue
Minneapolis 1629 Hennepin Avenue
St. Paul 1058 University Avenue
Kansas City 1411 Main Street
St. Louis 505 Washington Avenue
Camden 519 Federal Street
Newark 1004 Broad Street
Paterson 301 Graham Avenue
Buffalo 119 West Chippewa Street
New York 255 West 54th Street
Cincinnati 108 E. Seventh Street
Cleveland 779 Rockwell Avenue
Columbus 239 South Fourth Street
Portland 1030 NE. Couch Street
Philadelphia 1221 North Broad Street
Pittsburgh 915 Penn Avenue
Memphis 43 North Cleveland Street
Nashville 1802 Hayes Street
Houston 2800 Travis Street
Norfolk \904 Granby Street
Richmond 609 East Main Street
Seattle 1933 Fifth Avenue
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