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ABC NorCal Apprenticeship Program FAQ
ABC NorCal Apprenticeship Program FAQ
ABC NorCal Apprenticeship Program FAQ
ABC NorCal Apprenticeship Program FAQ
ABC NorCal Apprenticeship Program FAQ
ABC NorCal Apprenticeship Program FAQ
ABC NorCal Apprenticeship Program FAQ
ABC NorCal Apprenticeship Program FAQ
ABC NorCal Apprenticeship Program FAQ
ABC NorCal Apprenticeship Program FAQ
ABC NorCal Apprenticeship Program FAQ
ABC NorCal Apprenticeship Program FAQ
ABC NorCal Apprenticeship Program FAQ
ABC NorCal Apprenticeship Program FAQ
ABC NorCal Apprenticeship Program FAQ
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ABC NorCal Apprenticeship Program FAQ

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Frequently asked questions regarding the ABC Northern California apprenticeship program.

Frequently asked questions regarding the ABC Northern California apprenticeship program.

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  • 1. ABC NorCal Apprenticeship Program FAQ Updated 1.25.2014abcnorcal.org |4577 Las Positas Road, Unit C, Livermore, CA 94551 | (p) 925.474.1300
  • 2. What is an apprenticeship?  Apprenticeship is a unique learning experience that combines on-the-job training and classroom instruction.  On-the-job training allows individuals to earn wages while gaining real-world experience. Classroom instruction teaches theory and skill development in a controlled learning environment. Combined, the two instruction processes create a knowledgeable and experienced worker. Click here to apply online today! Questions? Email: apprenticeship@abcnorcal.org | Phone: 925.960.8511 | Fax: 925.416.0974 abcnorcal.org |4577 Las Positas Road, Unit C, Livermore, CA 94551 | (p) 925.474.1300
  • 3. Which approved apprenticeship programs does ABC NorCal offer?  ABC NorCal is the sponsor of five state- and federally approved apprenticeship programs in the carpentry, construction craft laborer, electrical, painting, and plumbing trades. Click here to apply online today! Questions? Email: apprenticeship@abcnorcal.org | Phone: 925.960.8511 | Fax: 925.416.0974 abcnorcal.org |4577 Las Positas Road, Unit C, Livermore, CA 94551 | (p) 925.474.1300
  • 4. How much does it cost?  There are no tuition fees for apprentices.  Once accepted into the program, you will need to purchase the required tools for your trade. Click here to apply online today! Questions? Email: apprenticeship@abcnorcal.org | Phone: 925.960.8511 | Fax: 925.416.0974 abcnorcal.org |4577 Las Positas Road, Unit C, Livermore, CA 94551 | (p) 925.474.1300
  • 5. Do I need to have experience to apply?  No. Apprenticeship is a paid learning and training opportunity. You will learn all necessary job skills through on-the-job and classroom training. Click here to apply online today! Questions? Email: apprenticeship@abcnorcal.org | Phone: 925.960.8511 | Fax: 925.416.0974 abcnorcal.org |4577 Las Positas Road, Unit C, Livermore, CA 94551 | (p) 925.474.1300
  • 6. What if I have experience in the trade?  If you have at least one year of verifiable experience in the trade you are applying for, you may request to take the placement test.  If you take the placement test and pass with the minimum required score, you may be placed in the program at a higher level.  Should you pass the entire program’s placement test, once registered in the program, you must complete a minimum of six months of the program in order to receive credit and recognition as a graduate from the ABC NorCal Apprenticeship Program. Click here to apply online today! Questions? Email: apprenticeship@abcnorcal.org | Phone: 925.960.8511 | Fax: 925.416.0974 abcnorcal.org |4577 Las Positas Road, Unit C, Livermore, CA 94551 | (p) 925.474.1300
  • 7. If I currently work for a contractor, can I continue to work for the company as an apprentice?  ABC NorCal contractor members who are approved to train apprentices, may sponsor existing employees into ABC NorCal’s Apprenticeship Program.  Sponsoring is approved on a case-by-case basis by the Unilateral Apprenticeship Committee (UAC) and is not guaranteed. Sponsorship consideration requires a completed application with the sponsoring company’s information.  You must complete the entire application process. Click here to apply online today! Questions? Email: apprenticeship@abcnorcal.org | Phone: 925.960.8511 | Fax: 925.416.0974 abcnorcal.org |4577 Las Positas Road, Unit C, Livermore, CA 94551 | (p) 925.474.1300
  • 8. When should I submit my application?  Anytime. Applications are accepted year-round for every program.  Your submitted application will only be approved if it includes all of the required documentation. We cannot process incomplete applications; an incomplete application will delay your acceptance process. Click here to apply online today! Questions? Email: apprenticeship@abcnorcal.org | Phone: 925.960.8511 | Fax: 925.416.0974 abcnorcal.org |4577 Las Positas Road, Unit C, Livermore, CA 94551 | (p) 925.474.1300
  • 9. How long does the application process take and what are the steps?  Applicants must pass each step of the process below to be accepted into the program. The timeline for each step is determined by the UAC and is based primarily on the need for apprentices in the industry.  Once your application has been reviewed and approved, you will be scheduled for a written exam. Written exams are scheduled several times a year.  After successful completion of the written exam, an interview will be scheduled.  After successful completion of the interview, you will attend a mandatory orientation to review all aspects of the program you have applied for.  Within 24 hours of the orientation, you must undergo and pass a drug screening. Click here to apply online today! Questions? Email: apprenticeship@abcnorcal.org | Phone: 925.960.8511 | Fax: 925.416.0974 abcnorcal.org |4577 Las Positas Road, Unit C, Livermore, CA 94551 | (p) 925.474.1300
  • 10. When will I attend school?  Your class schedule will be determined once you have been indentured into the apprenticeship program and dispatched to your first contractor.  Classes are held in one- or two-week blocks throughout the year and are generally held Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  You will attend a few mandatory training sessions on Saturdays. Click here to apply online today! Questions? Email: apprenticeship@abcnorcal.org | Phone: 925.960.8511 | Fax: 925.416.0974 abcnorcal.org |4577 Las Positas Road, Unit C, Livermore, CA 94551 | (p) 925.474.1300
  • 11. Where will I attend school? Are there any other locations in Northern California besides the Livermore Training Facility?  Carpentry, construction craft laborer, electrical, and painting classes are held at the ABC NorCal Livermore Training Facility.  Plumbing classes are held at the ABC NorCal Sacramento Plumbing Training Facility.  Several of the mandatory certifications will be held offsite throughout Northern California.  There are no other training facilities besides the ones outlined above. Click here to apply online today! Questions? Email: apprenticeship@abcnorcal.org | Phone: 925.960.8511 | Fax: 925.416.0974 abcnorcal.org |4577 Las Positas Road, Unit C, Livermore, CA 94551 | (p) 925.474.1300
  • 12. Where will I work?  You may be placed with various contractors in your area in order to gain varied on-the-job training experience. All construction jobs generally require travel to and from jobsites.  You will be dispatched to projects within an 80-mile radius of your physical address on file with the ABC NorCal office.  You can request to be dispatched to projects located more than 80 miles from your physical address. Click here to apply online today! Questions? Email: apprenticeship@abcnorcal.org | Phone: 925.960.8511 | Fax: 925.416.0974 abcnorcal.org |4577 Las Positas Road, Unit C, Livermore, CA 94551 | (p) 925.474.1300
  • 13. How will I find work?  You will be dispatched by the ABC NorCal office to an approved-to-train contractor with a project located within your area of residence.  Note: The ABC NorCal Apprenticeship Program is not a job placement service; it is an apprenticeship training program that allows you to earn while you learn. Click here to apply online today! Questions? Email: apprenticeship@abcnorcal.org | Phone: 925.960.8511 | Fax: 925.416.0974 abcnorcal.org |4577 Las Positas Road, Unit C, Livermore, CA 94551 | (p) 925.474.1300
  • 14. What are the starting wages for my trade?  The rate of pay for apprentices is determined by the State of California and the Department of Labor and varies by trade. Wages depend on various factors such as the county the project is located and the bid advertisement date for the project.  Visit our apprentice resource page or contact our office to learn more about how to calculate generic, estimated apprentice wages.  Note: Apprentice wage calculation is a topic covered during apprentice orientation. Click here to apply online today! Questions? Email: apprenticeship@abcnorcal.org | Phone: 925.960.8511 | Fax: 925.416.0974 abcnorcal.org |4577 Las Positas Road, Unit C, Livermore, CA 94551 | (p) 925.474.1300
  • 15. How do I apply?  Visit our website and apply directly online (links for each trade are located on the left). Click here to apply online today! Questions? Email: apprenticeship@abcnorcal.org | Phone: 925.960.8511 | Fax: 925.416.0974 abcnorcal.org |4577 Las Positas Road, Unit C, Livermore, CA 94551 | (p) 925.474.1300

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