What is an Apprentice?

An apprentice is a training-level employee who works in the building and construction trades while also attending classes to learn industry skills and safety techniques. Wages for an apprentice increase over the course of this training, which lasts from two to five years depending on the trade. An apprentice who graduates to journey-person is recognized as a well-qualified worker who can command the best wages and benefits.

What are the qualifications to become an apprentice?

Qualifications to become an apprentice include a strong foundation of math and literacy skills, a high school or an equivalency diploma, and the ability to successfully complete an aptitude test. Additionally a qualified candidate must be physically fit, drug-free, have access to reliable transportation, and have proof of citizenship or the legal right to work in the U.S.

What are the benefits of an Apprenticeship Training and Union Membership?

Apprenticeship training provides individuals with the skills needed to compete economically and work safely. Union members of the building and construction trades typically receive higher wages and better benefits than those employed by non-union contractors.

Apprenticeship Requirments:

  • AGE – Eighteen years of age

Additional Information to be submitted at time of application:

  • Birth Certificate
  • High school diploma or GED
  • School transcripts
  • Veterans may supply copy of DD214.
  • Valid driver’s license

Applications will not be processed until minimum qualifications are met.

Classes or skills useful in preparation for a career in the Union Ironworking industry are:

  • Mathematics
  • Drafting and blueprint reading
  • Construction technology
  • Shop classes
  • Welding


  • This is a three year program. 204 hours of related classroom training shall be required each year.
  • Currently utilizing night classes for training apprentices.
  • Classes are held two nights per week, four hour long sessions
  • Local 111 Apprenticeship is IACP Certified and an Accredited Welding Facility.

Apprentice Wages:

  • 1st 6 months -65% of Journeyman scale.
  • 2nd 6 months -70% of Journeyman scale.
  • 3rd 6 months -75% of Journeyman scale.
  • 4th 6 months -80% of Journeyman scale.
  • 5th 6 months -85% of Journeyman scale.
  • 6th 6 months -90% of Journeyman scale.
Applications will be taken daily during business hours. Call 309-787-0141 for information and hours.

There is a $25.00 application fee and items needed for application are as follows.

Birth Certificate, Valid ID, Social Security Card, High School Transcripts, and Military papers

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