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Joining the Apprenticeship Program
Laborers' International Union of North America introduces individuals to the apprenticeship program through the following avenue; application process, aptitude testing, and a one on one interview process. If chosen construction craft laborer apprentices are then trained comprehensively in a 3 year program in which the apprentice receives a well rounded balance of skills of the craft.  Apprenticeship sign ups are the first Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Laborers Local 773.  Walk ins are welcome on this date and time.

  Laborers’ Local 773 Apprenticeship Program 
Applications for the construction craft Laborer Apprenticeship Program will be made available as follows:
•Applications may be obtained at Laborers’ Local 773 office the first Tuesday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
•Laborers’ Local 773 covers the following counties of Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hardin, Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Williamson and Union
•Qualifications for Acceptance in the Program are as follows:
◦High School Graduate or G.E.D.
◦Must be at least 18 years of age
◦Physically able to perform the work of the trade
◦A reading, understanding,, writing and communicating ability as would enable the applicant to perform the tasks of the construction craft laborer in a safe manner and comprehend the subject matter taught, in English only in related instruction.
◦Have a valid driver’s license
◦Drug testing shall be required upon acceptance into the Apprenticeship Program
◦Submit to written aptitude test, and personal interview administered by program staff. These will be scheduled after our office receives all applications. ALL APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY MAIL.
◦A $20.00 non-refundable administration fee is required at the time of orientation/aptitude testing. Cash or money orders only ( no personal checks accepted)
•Illinois Laborers’ and Contractors’ Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program is an equal opportunity employer. Applications are given without regard to age, sex, religion, race, color or national origin.
•Within 10 days of application, applicants must submit the following to the Fund Office:
◦Birth certificate or documentation showing proof of age and valid drivers license.
◦High School Diploma or G.E.D. certification
◦Transcript of grades (High School, GED scores or college if applicable)
◦Military transfer or discharge-if applicable
◦All applicants are required to take a written aptitude test and submit to an interview administered by the Illinois Laborers’ and Contractors Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program staff.   All applicants who complete the aptitude testing will be forwarded a letter by mail notifying them of the location, date and time that they should report for their oral interview.
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, physical strength, reading and math skills, and the ability to make decisions are required. The CCL needs to be able to work on his or her own and on a team to get the job done.
How do I learn the skills of CCL?
With four years and 2,400/6,000 hours of on-the-job training (excluding time spent I related instruction and an average of 144 hours per year in the classroom. You will also:
·         Complete 48 hours of safety training as well as three weeks of related instruction before being sent to any job
·         Be required to attend four weeks of related training each year
·         Must obtain on-the-job training by working for union contractors throughout the term of the apprenticeship.
·         First Year 75% of Journey worker rate
·         Second Year: 85% of Journey worker rate
·         Third Year: 95% of Journey worker rate
As a CCL, what kind of work will I do?
The Kind of work you will do depends on our 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 placing concrete, flagging and controlling traffic on highways and removing asbestos and lead from buildings, just to name a few.
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 on the job every workday and be on time. You will be working both indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions, performing physical tasks while using your technical skills.
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 credits?
Yes. We have agreements with the following colleges for certificate programs. These credits may be transferable to a two- or four-year college in our area.
Kishwaukee College, Heartland Community College, Parkland Community College, Lewis & Clark Community College, Southwestern IL College, John A Logan College, Lincoln Land Community College, Blackhawk college, Kankakee Community College, Illinois Central College, Illinois Valley Community College, Illinois Eastern Community College, Shawnee Community College, John Wood Community College.
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 offer financial and legal assistance, reduced rates for mortgage loans and credit cards, personal and family counselors and other benefits.

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