An apprentice is an employee who learns a skilled trade through planned, supervised work on-the-job, while receiving technical classroom instruction. Apprentices are required to sign a registration with the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) that spells out the requirements and expectations of an apprentice ironworker.
Apprentices are taught the proper use, care, and safe handling of the tools and equipment used in connection with their work as well as the important skills necessary to become a successful ironworker.
During their four-year apprenticeship most of each year apprentices are working on-the-job and acquiring skills; they are a regular part of the work force on whom contractors and co-workers rely. Four consecutive weeks each year the apprentices come into the Training Center for classes that take place in the classroom as well as the shop and yard.