More than 60,000 women and men working in one of more than 800 occupations in California construction trades began as apprentices. To enter the building trades, you must start as an apprentice. Foothill College, in partnership with local apprenticeship training committees, offers related and supplemental instruction in several trades, including An apprenticeship is an excellent career choice if you like to work with your hands; are willing to serve an apprenticeship for up to five years, depending on the trade you select; have dexterity, mechanical ability, problem-solving skills and the ability to work collaboratively with a team; want to earn a living wage and good benefits; and want the opportunity to advance in your career.
As an apprentice, you will learn at the job site from qualified journeymen and will study in the shop/classroom with experienced instructors. In addition to earning excellent wages and good benefits, apprentices are paid to learn complex and marketable skills. Beginning apprentices in California earn a base wage of $18 per hour, including benefits. After five years of apprenticeship training, the base wage increases to $45 per hour, including benefits, depending on the trade and region. Raises are given regularly according to negotiated contracts.
An apprenticeship requires a signed agreement between you and the sponsor program. When you sign the apprenticeship agreement, you commit to participate in related and supplemental instruction as well as on-the-job training. You are expected to be at your assigned job, on time, everyday.
Upon completion of your apprenticeship, you will receive a certificate of completion from Foothill College and a California Department of Apprenticeship Standards Certificate that signifies your readiness to begin your career as a journeyman.
We Produce Competent Craftspeople
The Apprenticeship Programs train men and women to craftsman status. By participating in a program, local apprenticeship training committees shape applicants with character, aptitude, motivation and good personality traits into competent journeymen who have in-demand skill sets, comprehensive knowledge, positive attitudes and superior abilities.
The benefits of the Apprenticeship Programs include the opportunity to learn while you earn; state-of-the-art training; career advancement opportunities; excellent wages and benefits; safe working conditions; and pride and dignity.
Women Are Building a Strong California Too
The construction industry’s urgent need for skilled workers creates opportunities for women to enter and advance in the field. Jobs in the trades offer women the chance for meaningful work with high wages. A woman can expect to earn 20 to 30 percent more in a construction career.
Prerequisites & Requirements
Because of the unique relationship between on-the-job and classroom apprenticeship training, admission to apprenticeship classes is limited to apprentices registered with the California Department of Apprenticeships Standards. This limitation is authorized by the California Labor Code, Section 3074.3.
Each apprenticeship has different eligibility and admission requirements. Generally, however, to be eligible, you must be at least age 18; able to perform the work of the trade; and present verification that you have completed a high school or GED diploma. You must also demonstrate the ability to read, write and speak English in order to comprehend instruction in related training classes and ensure safety on the job.
The selection, employment and training of apprentices by local apprenticeship training committees is without discrimination based on race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation or marital status. Journeyman and craftsman are terms used to identify levels of competency, not gender. Women who complete the apprenticeship program are proud of their journeyman status in the industry.
Non-Discrimination Statement
Foothill College does not discriminate against any person in the provision of any program or service based on race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, physical disability or mental disability. Coordination of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibiting sex discrimination, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 governing accessibility is the responsibility of the Foothill ADA/504 Coordinator, Rose Myers, (650) 949-7343, room 8103.
Limited English Skills Policy
Prospective students are advised that a lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission to, or participation in vocational education programs at Foothill College as long as other, if any, program admission standards are met. This notice is a requirement of the Guidelines for Elimination of Discrimination & Denial of Services on the Basis of Race, Color, National Origin, Sex & Handicap (Federal Register; Vol. 44, No. 56).
Reglamento sobre Limitaciones en el Idioma Inglés—Se les aconseja a posibles estudiantes que la carencia del idioma Inglés no será una barrera para la admisión, o participación en programas de educación vocacional en Foothill College, siempre y cuando todos los otros, si existieran, criterios de admisión del programa sean completados. Esta nota es un requisito de la Guía para la Eliminación de la Decscriminación y Rechazo de Servicios en Base a la Raza, Color, Nacionalidad de Origen, Sexo e Impedimento (Registro Federal; Vol. 44, No. 56).
Additional Information
For information about a specific apprenticeship program, including its availability, requirements or application process, see the Program Contact page.

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