One of the major issues facing our industry today is a shortage of skilled workers. Workforce development must be a priority for all employers in the construction industry or the problem will only get worse. To that end, the Inland Northwest AGC is pleased to offer two Open Shop Apprenticeship Programs for its members - Carpenters & Heavy Equipment Operators.
Heavy Equipment Operators Apprenticeship Program
This program provides both hands-on and classroom training in all aspects of equipment operation, maintenance and safety. Students are required to complete 200 hours per year of related supplemental instruction and 6,000 work hours before graduating the program as a journey-level operator.
Carpenters Apprenticeship Program
Carpenter Apprentices will complete 160 of training per year in everything from blueprint reading to building layout to finish work. Carpenter Apprentices must complete 5,200-8,000 hours of on-the-job training. Both programs provide apprentices with comprehensive safety training.
How does the Apprenticeship Program benefit your company:
- Access to employees trained in the trade and in workplace safety
- The opportunity for Journeyman training
- A readily available workforce at wages commensurate with skill level
- Recruitment and pre-screening of applicants by the Apprenticeship Committee
Requirements for Participation as a Training Agent:
- Must be a member of the Inland Northwest AGC
- Must be approved as a training agent by the Apprenticeship Committee
- Must abide by the training standards as registered with the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council
- Must pay a one-time joinder fee of $500 (covers both crafts)
- Must pay an annual fee based on all journeymen employed while participating in the program.