Why train as an apprentice?

  • Classroom training. Expert instructors teach you theory, safety and skilled trade fundamentals in a controlled environment.
  • On-the-job training. You’ll get your hands dirty (literally), apply your knowledge and skills and learn by doing.
  • No student loans. Currently, the average student debt in California is $20,340 and the proportion of students with debt is 55%.
  • Employment. You will earn while you learn.
  • Career potential. Apprenticeship can take you in many career directions.

Why train as an apprentice with ABC NorCal?

  • We are state and federally approved. ABC NorCal’s apprenticeship programs are approved by the State of California and the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • We offer multiple trades. We offer apprenticeship programs in five trades: carpentry, construction craft laborer, electrical, painting and plumbing.
    Compared to a college education, there’s virtually no cost to you personally. The program is funded by various private and public sources. You will need to purchase the tools required for your trade.
  • Paid on-the-job training.
  • Health benefits. Including medical, dental, vision and life insurance.
  • We honor Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. Eligible veterans can receive a tax-free stipend during their apprenticeship program.
  • Build your professional network. Our members are some of the most talented construction professionals in Northern California.
  • Nationally Recognized Curriculum. The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) is a national foundation backed by ABC National which provides the “Contren Learning Series” modules used in the classroom training of apprentices and the certification of instructors.

Why train ABC NorCal apprentices?

  • The demand for skilled workers is high.
  • Our program eliminates the need for expensive recruitment programs; people are already training.
  • Our state and federally approved apprenticeship programs can dispatch apprentices to your job site and help you meet prevailing wage requirements.
  • Using apprentices actually reduces the cost of high labor turnover; employees show high morale and loyalty when training in a program that offers upward mobility through career development.
  • You get a diversified and flexible workforce and a larger pool of employees with specific skills.
  • You get increased productivity; employees in a structured program are more motivated.
  • We train our apprentices in a state of the art training facility.
  • Our apprentices reside throughout Northern California.

The slideshare presentation below details common applicant questions regarding the apprenticeship program.