Become an Apprentice

Is an apprenticeship right for me?

  • Do you like working with your hands?
  • Apprenticeship mean real skills and real careers.
  • Valuable skills credential.
  • Paid education and on-the-job-training that prepares you for a lifelong career.
  • Financial independence with benefits and retirement
  • Better than college. No debt.
  • Diversity of work and opportunities to grow professionally.
  • Satisfaction of walking away from a job and saying “I built that!”.
  • Apprenticeship requires hard work and commitment to succeed, do you have what it takes?

How can I prepare?

Job Corps Oregon – 1-800-733-jobs
16-24 age range 

Portland YouthBuilders – 503-286-9350
17-24 age range 

Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. – 503-335-8200
middle school – older 

Constructing Hope – 503-281-1234
(18) years of age or older

Portland Community College Apprenticeship & Trades – Pre-Trades Opportunities  – 971-722-5651

Carpenters Trade Preparation (affiliate MA 1057) – 503-287-3708
(18) years of age or older

Electrical Training Alliance (affiliate MA 1004) – 503-262-9991
(18) years of age or older

Key Benefits of Apprenticeship

Want a successful career? Want to further your education without racking up debt? Get started on your path to a successful career and enroll in a Registered Apprenticeship program.

With Registered Apprenticeship you receive:

  • A paycheck:
    From day one, you will earn a paycheck guaranteed to increase over time as you learn new skills.
  • Hands-on career training:
    As an apprentice, you will receive practical on-the-job training in a wide selection of programs.
  • An education:
    You’ll receive hands-on training and have the potential to earn college credit, even an associate or bachelor’s degree, in many cases paid for by your employer.
  • A career:
    Once you complete your apprenticeship, you will be on your way to a successful long-term career with a competitive salary, and little or no educational debt.
  • National industry certification:
    When you graduate from a career training program, you’ll be certified and can take your certification anywhere in the U.S.

Most apprenticeship programs now provide apprentices with the opportunity to earn college credits for completed academic courses and on-the-job training. College instruction can lead to an AA degree in the apprentice’s chosen career.

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The Highway Construction Industry is Booming

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) are committed to assisting contractors in the highway & construction trades. Our goal in creating the landmark Workforce Development Program is to prepare, support, and train a diverse, skilled workforce that is prepared to meet upcoming construction industry demands.

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