Apprenticeship is the process of learning a skilled occupation through paid on-the-job and classroom training. Union apprentices in New York City receive such training without cost. At the conclusion of this two- to six-year process, they become journey workers, with significant salary increases.
Some New York City unions recruit for their own apprenticeship programs occasionally or periodically. For a list of these unions, see the Resources section.
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Bricklaying and Allied Crafts
The Bricklayers and Allied Craft Workers Union, Local 1, periodically recruits for bricklayer, pointer, stonemason and plasterer apprentices. Members of the union build, repair and renovate structures made of brick, other clay products and artificial masonry units. The training program takes four years to complete.
Bricklayers and Allied Craft Workers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, Local 1 International Masonry Institute 12-07 44th Avenue Long Island City, NY 11101 718-706-9294
Sheet Metal Work
The Sheet Metal Workers International Association, Local 137, periodically recruits for sheet metal worker apprentices. Union members fabricate and erect, from layout to rigging, all types of signs including spectaculars, billboards, sign structures and custom signs. The five-year program trains apprentices in all facets of the sign industry.
Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local 137 21-42 44th Drive Long Island City, NY 11101 718-937-4514
Founded on traditional European baking standards, The Bread Bakers Apprenticeship program, approved by the New York State Department of Education and the New York State Department of Labor, supports businesses offering a state-certified apprenticeship in artisan bread baking.
The Artisan Baking Center CWE/Central Labor Council Training Center 36-46 37th Street Long Island City, NY 11101 718-392-0025 ArtisanBakingCenter.org
Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigerating Service Fitters
HVACR Service Technician Training takes three years to complete. With at least 208 hours of classroom and laboratory training each year, its goal centres on ensuring that graduating technicians can properly install and service heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigerating systems.
HVACR Service Technicians Training Center Enterprise Association, Local 638 United Association, AFL-CIO 48-03 32nd Place Long Island City, NY 11101 718-472-0404 HVACRTrainingCenter.org/
With classroom and hands-on training, the pre-apprenticeship construction skills program helps prepare New York City public high school students for careers in the construction industry. New York City Housing Authority and Section 8 residents are eligible for the fast-track construction skills program.
Upon successful completion of the program, participants graduate into the "direct entry" track for union apprenticeship programs, bypassing the public apprenticeship training recruitment process.
The Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills, Inc. 71 W. 23rd Street, Suite 501-03 New York, NY 10010 212-647-0700 ConstructionSkills.org
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