Apprenticeships: Welcome to Prep School
An Alternative Education: Four years. Textbooks AND tools. We pay your tuition.
As the central part of the Trade Up program, a union Apprenticeship gives you an education both on the job and in the classroom, and you get paid as you learn. An apprenticeship provides you with both practical training in a job site, shop or lab as well as technical training in the classroom, and Trade Up apprenticeships are available at locations throughout New Mexico and Western Texas.
However, apprenticeship training isn't just "plain ol' school." What does an apprentice do during each year of their training?
Year 1: Starting Out
Focusing on safety and the tools of your trade, your paid, on-the-job, training is conducted alongside a Journeyman mentor guiding your professional growth and on-site instruction. Evening classes are conducted once or more a week. Based on your mastery of skills, your hourly rate is increased every six months.
Year 2: Gaining Experience
Exposing you to many different phases of the specific trade, the emphasis will be “hands-on” learning. Classroom instruction and study will familiarize you with the “why” and “how” of your trade. Specially trained Instructors will provide theory as well as translating that theory into practical experiences.
Year 3: Increased Responsibilities
Increased responsibility in the classroom as well as on the job bring increased independent study with less direction from your journeyman and job supervisors. As your skills are developing, you begin to take on more demanding and detailed tasks in the workplace.
Year 4: Journeyman Status
By the end of this year, you’ll have attained journeyman status. The more difficult jobs become easier. You will complete your work assignments with little more than routine checks, be able to read and understand complex blueprints and specifications and your earnings may have doubled from the time you started. Your Journeyman certificate can also provide you an opportunity to work in your trade anywhere in the world!