An apprenticeship is an opportunity to earn while learning. It is a paid training program in the skilled crafts, sponsored by a private employer typically associated with a labor or trade organization. Public works trades are the most widely recognized occupational areas for an apprentice. In Indiana, this includes occupations such as boilermakers, bricklayers, carpenters, millwrights, electricians, elevator constructors, iron workers, painters, plasterers, cement masons, plumbers, pipefitters and sheet metal workers.
Age eligibility for an apprenticeship might allow participants as young as 16 years old to participate. Hazardous occupations, however, will generally require an apprentice to be 18 years old. The sponsoring employer for an apprentice identifies additional minimum qualifications, such as education and physical fitness requirements. Workforce One provides a site search of the U.S. Department of Labor's Registered Apprenticeship announcements that can be used to learn more about the variety of apprenticeship programs available and their eligibility requirements.
Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
The International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers of Indiana and Kentucky offers a Local 4 Apprenticeship & Training program. Apprentices receive bricklaying training for industrial and commercial buildings, which includes constructing walls, partitions, fireplaces, chimneys and other structural forms from brick or other masonry materials. Training installing ceramic tile and laying terrazzo is also available through this apprenticeship program. Applicants must be 18 years of age; be in good physical condition; have U.S. citizenship or have submitted a declaration of intent; have a high school diploma or GED with a math background; and possess a valid driver's license.
Electrical Construction Industry
An apprenticeship program in the electrical construction industry in Indiana is available through the Electrical Training Institute. It is a five-year program that is a joint venture of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 481 and the National Electrical Contractors Association. Apprentices at ETI go to school and work. Training includes both in-class training and hands-on training among the dozens of local electrical union contractors who employ ETI as apprentices. In addition to a electrical journeyman's certificate, those who successfully complete the ETI program can also jointly train toward an associate degree through ETI's partnering program.
The Indiana-Kentucky Regional Council of Carpenters organization is certified under the International Standard & Training Alliance to offer apprenticeships for the floor-covering industry. An apprentice must undergo a four-year, in-depth training that covers the theory, practice and procedure for installing carpet, vinyl composite tile, hardwood, laminates, artificial turf and sports surfaces, linoleum, vinyl and other resilients.
Other Apprenticeship Information
Registered Apprenticeship programs are recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship. The office aims to promote quality apprenticeship programs offered by private employers, employer associations and labor and trade organizations across the nation. The office has a state regional office in Indiana at East Ohio St., Room 528, Indianapolis, and can be reached at 317-226-7001. It serves as an additional resource for information about apprenticeship programs in the state of Indiana.
Also, though the Indiana government does not maintain a central online resource for the state's apprenticeship programs, the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency makes a list of approved apprenticeship programs available on its website.