Apprenticeship Program

Apprenticeship: The Key To The Future

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the need for close to 1.5 million new construction workers over the next ten years. Recruiting, training and placing qualified new laborers into the workforce has never been so important.

The Laborers’ District Council of Delaware provides the classroom and hands – on jobsite training needed in today’s competitive market. Since technology is the future of many industries, training includes matching skills to the emerging technologies employers are using. Upon successful completion of The Laborers’ District Council of Delaware’s apprenticeship program, a worker will have received at least 400 hours of classroom instruction and 4,000 hours of on – the – job training.

Building a Competitive And Productive Workforce

At The Laborers’ District Council of Delaware, we build careers for our members. We know that a well-educated labor force is the foundation of successful job performance. All The Laborers’ District Council of Delaware members must prove reading and math competencies before being admitted into our union. But the learning doesn’t end there. We continually upgrade the union workforce with programs that ensure a continuing education. Our members work hard at constantly improving their skills and themselves, year after year.

 Through its nationally respected labor-management training fund, The Laborers’ District Council of Delaware is able to respond to workforce needs with state-of-the-art training, technology and apprenticeship programs. Whether it’s providing introductory training to its newest apprentices, continuing education skills to the experienced journeyperson, or OSHA compliance consultation to a signatory employer, The Laborers’ District Council of Delaware can deliver results for you.

Our affiliation with Laborers’ AGC Education and Training Fund allows The Laborers’ District Council of Delaware to tap into an unprecedented national education network, 350 professional instructors, up-to-date safety training, and specialty skills training in emerging high-tech, high-risk, and high-cost markets.

The Apprenticeship Qualifications are as follows:

  1. 18 years of age
  2. Read and speak English
  3. High School diploma or GED

Application Procedure is as follows:

  1. Applications accepted year round
  2. Administration cost $10.00
  3.  Orientation
  4. T.A.B.E. basic skills test
  5. Interview
  6. Drug Test (Applicant pays fee) $50.00
  7. 80 Hour (General Construction Training)

Apprenticeship Cost:

  1. $400.00 Initiation Fee
  2. $20.00 a month in dues

For additional information contact: the Apprentice Coordinator Curtis Linton at 302-654-0338 or 302-462-0556.

The Laborers-AGC Education and Training Fund (Laborers-AGC) and local affiliate training funds provide the training, apprenticeship, and education that will help you build a career and a better future. Whether it’s heavy highway, building, environmental, or utility work, Laborers-AGC is working to provide the curriculum and support training for all local funds and LIUNA members.

Lifelong Learning – Each day technology changes the way we do our job in the construction industry. For you to stay working, we must change with the industry. Laborers-AGC continually stays on top of industry needs so you, though journey worker upgrades training, can approach new technology in the work place with confidence and know-how.

Career Path – Beginning with the CCL apprenticeship program, you can continue as far up the career ladder as you desire. Whether building, heavy and highway, or environmental work, each segment holds opportunities for your advancement. Through innovative training programs, Laborers-AGC and many of their affiliates have established agreements with two- and four-year colleges to assist LIUNA members in attaining both associate and bachelor degrees.

Apprenticeship FAQs

What is a Construction Craft Laborer?

A Construction Craft Laborer (CCL) is part of a team, working in North America’s largest industry-the construction industry. The skills of the CCL are diverse, requiring classroom instruction and hands-on-training. Because of this diversity, the CCL is often the first craft on the project and the last to leave. To be a good CCL requires psychical strength, reading and math skills, and the ability to make decisions. The CCL needs to be able to work on his or her own and on a team to get the job done.

As a CCL, what kinds of work will I do?

The kinds of work you will do depends on your knowledge and skill level and the type of work needed at a job site. You may build and repair roads, highways, bridges, and tunnels, construct residential and commercial buildings, clean up hazardous waste sites, or perform other kinds of work. Among the tasks you may be doing are drilling and blasting site areas, building scaffolds, preparing and cleaning up a job site, laying pipe underground, placing concrete, flagging and controlling traffic on highways, and removing asbestos and lead from buildings, to name just a few.

How do I learn the skills of a CCL?

You enter the trade as an “apprentice,” learning skills in the classroom and on the job. While an apprentice, you learn many of the skills by attending a minimum of 400 hours of classroom training. Then you practice those skills with a skilled journey worker for 4,000 hours of on-the-job training – earning a wage while learning the trade.

What can I expect on the job?

You will work with a journey worker who mentors and instructs you on the various skills of the CCL trade. You will be expected to give a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay and be at the job every workday and on time. You will be working both indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions, performing psychical tasks using your technical skills.

What are the entry requirements for the CCL Apprenticeship Program?

All CCL Apprenticeship Programs require you to be at least 18 years of age and psychically able to perform the work of the trade. You are also required to have a high school diploma or GED equivalent because the classroom and on-the-job portion of the CCL Apprenticeship Program requires a certain degree of reading and math skills and science and physics knowledge. We also require a valid driver’s license.

Can I continue my education after I complete the CCL Apprenticeship Program?

Yes. After you complete the CCL Apprenticeship Program, you may take additional courses at a Laborers’ Training Center.

Can I earn college credit?

Yes. The CCL Apprenticeship Program established a reciprocity agreement with the National Labor College of the George Meany Center leading toward an associates or bachelor’s degree. In addition, completion of the CCL Apprenticeship Program entitles a graduate to one of two years of college credits. These credits may be transferable to a two-or-four year college in your area.

How much money can I expect to make?

Starting wages for journey workers can range from to an hour plus benefits, depending on the area in which you work. While your learning the trade, you will earn a percentage of the journey worker wage and receive regular increases as you learn the skills of the CCL.

How do I apply to the CCL Apprenticeship Program?

Contact the local JATC representative listed on the back of this brochure and request information about applying to the CCL Apprenticeship Program.

What are the benefits of becoming a LIUNA CCL apprentice?

Becoming a union CCL apprentice can be one of the most important decisions of your life-especially in your working career. Joining LIUNA-the Laborers’ International Union of North America-will enable you to earn a good wage and receive the following benefits:

  • Medical Insurance
  • Job Training
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Retirement Pension Plan

Many LIUNA members also enjoy benefits under their local Member Assistance Program, which offers financial and legal assistance, reduced rates for mortgage loans and credit cards, personal and family counselors and other benefits.