The Apprenticeship Program
The name of the game in construction is skills and productivity. Contractors are expected to get projects done quickly and correctly. Union carpenters have the reputation throughout Ohio to be the most skilled and productive manpower available for the contractors.
And it all starts with a strong apprenticeship program.
The Ohio Carpenters’ Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program offers one of the top carpenter apprenticeship programs in the nation. More than 1,500 apprentices are enrolled in our four-year program, learning their profession at state-of-the-art training centers, with a customized curriculum, using modern tools and training shops designed to create true experts.
Apprenticeship training is the hallmark of Ohio carpenters. When they graduate, they are proven professionals in the most up-to-date theories and methodologies, tools, installation procedures, and safety measures. Our apprenticeship graduates enjoy top jobs, earn competitive pay and benefits, and are considered by employers to be among the best and brightest in their fields.
- All apprenticeship classes, training and associate degree college credit earned during the program are provided at no cost to the student
- Earn from 40 to 95 percent of the journey-level wage during the apprenticeship program
- Gain union benefits after 90 days in the program
- Receive on-the-job training with experienced journeymen
- Learn from seasoned instructors with years of field experience in their respective fields
- Pursue a college degree during the apprenticeship program
- Receive certification in the particular course of study selected
Floor Covering Apprentice
After spending years as an account executive in a suburban office, Penny decided to follow in her father's footsteps as a carpenter.
“It doesn’t feel like a job or work. I’m enjoying earning a living. It’s the best move I’ve ever made.
There’s also the benefits…knowing that I have a pension has given me a comfortable feeling knowing that I am financially secure. My only regret is that I didn’t start sooner.
In our disposable world, lots of things don’t last. But in our industry, you’re the one putting in your knowledge, pride, heart and soul. What we produce is made to last. You can sit back and be proud of it.”