There is a great need for skilled workers in the State of Washington, plain and simple;  Washington manufactures the same number of skilled workers today as it did in the year 2009.

Apprenticeships are excellent opportunities for both employees and employers.  It allows trainees to earn a wage while they learn a trade that is bound to solve the issue of Washington’s skilled workforce shortage.

Apprenticeships come in various forms. The most common types of apprenticeships are construction related, such as plumbing, electrical, carpentry woodworking, and other related fields.

For people who aren’t fans of going to school for 4 more years only to accrue debt and sit in a classroom every day, there is the ‘other 4-year degree,” which is typically referred to as an Apprenticeship. 

Employees get paid to learn a new skill as opposed to 4-year college students who must pay someone else to learn.

LOCAL 528 Cement Masons & Plasterers

Masonary Apprenticeship

The objective of the Local 528 Union is to encourage a high standard of skill among its members, therefore providing the trade with competent workers; in order to acquire and maintain a fair standard of wages.

To help each other in securing employment; to protect the dominion of the trade; to thoroughly organize the unorganized working at their crafts, for mutual benefit.

Providing protection and general well-being; to advance and elevate the moral, intellectual, social and financial condition of all its members.

Love working with their hands and take pride in what they build. Who doesn’t mind putting in an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay, who are looking for a career, not just a job, and understand the importance of teamwork?

Cement Masons

The most widely used building material is concrete. Cement Masons place and finish concrete according to specifications on roads, homes, buildings, bridges and sports arenas, actually, almost all man-made structures.

They can make concrete look like any natural material, like brick, slate, wood or stone. They color, stain, polish, & stencil concrete.

There is no limit to what they can do. They also set forms, repair concrete with cement-based products, epoxy injection and a fiber wrap, also apply decorative & commercial toppings of epoxy, acrylic, polymer-based floor installations.

They know how to operate many types of power equipment and the tools used in concrete placement & finishing.


Plasterer Apprenticeship

The history of plastering of walls or ceilings dates back as far as 9,000 years ago. The material was used to set stone blocks and ultimately go over these blocks to make an attractive surface/appearance that could be painted or drawn on.

The craftsmen evolved along with the material. Today, the trade of plastering has continued to develop; embracing new knowledge/skills and combining those with new materials that last longer, look even better, & add cost-effectiveness equal or better, to any other building product at this time.

Their Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship means On-the-Job Training (OJT). You will acquire new skills by working on-the-job site with experienced journeymen Cement Masons.

You will master the tools of the trade with hands-on training, build new skills daily, and earn a wage as you learn.

The applications of concrete technology are explored during formal classroom instruction.

Traditional skills, safety, green building techniques, leadership training, and the latest innovations are all part of the program.

You will refine your finishing skills as an apprentice with hands-on applications under the personal guidance of master craftsperson.  Class work is not limited just theory.

Requirements & Qualifications

  • Applicant must be 18 years and older
  • Applicant must be high school graduate
  • Applicant must be able to perform tasks necessary
  • A drug test may be required by the applicant

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Puget Sound Electrical JATC Apprenticeship

Electrician Apprenticeship

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) was established in the year 1891 and is now the world’s largest electrical union.

Their partnership with the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), IBEW & NECA has established apprenticeship and training programs to serve the electrical industry in the U.S. & Canada.

Puget Sound JATC programs provide opportunities to earn a wage while you learn through paid on-the-job training, alongside classroom instruction.

The Puget Sound Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee is governed by a Board of Directors.

The Board is made up of 8 members: 4 that represent the Puget Sound Chapter of NECA, and  4 members of Local Union 46 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
  • The applicant must have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Applicants must also meet Algebra/Basic Math requirements, which may vary depending on the program applied for

Contact Info

Northwest Carpenters Institute of Washington

Carpentry Apprenticeship in Washington

NWCI brings the skills and expertise of an accomplished professional. Working with their hands, their great results are visible, they work in the buildings and structures all around and they love it!

They love seeing others discover that similar joy of building and that carpentry sets the foundation of our communities. Carpentry is the community!

NWCI is the best construction craftsmen in the field because they’ve honed the best apprenticeship program in the Pacific Northwest.

NWCI offers journeyman carpenters the chance to grow their skills and learn new techniques & technologies led by experienced master craftspeople

Their carpentry apprenticeship is a 4-year program that gives you a strong education, both classroom, and on-the-job training experience.

You learn from the best craftsmen in the field building a foundation that will bring success for the future.

While others may go into debt to pay for a college education, if you are selected for their apprenticeship program, the cost to you is minimal. You’ll make money right from the start, which is an awesome life sustaining event!

NWCI apprenticeships offer a direct path to a great career and a financially solid lifestyle. Who doesn’t want a sense of accomplishment in their work? Really, who doesn’t?

Apprenticeship Requirements

  • Must be 18 years and older
  • Must be able  to pay attention to detail
  • Must Process high school diploma or equivalent
  • Must take and past an aptitude test
  • Applicant must be in possession of a valid driver’s permit

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Local 32 Plumbers & Pipefitters

Pipefitter ApprenticeshipUnited Association Local 32-Seattle was chartered by their parent Organization, The United Association of Journeyman & Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA), in the year 1889.

With over 277 UA Locals in the United States and Canada, the organization’s locals represent over 350,000 pipe trades workers.

The members of the UA are the best paid and most skilled workers in the construction industry.

Training their industry is constantly changing and they have to keep up with the latest technologies.

Some of the methods and systems being used today cannot be properly executed with just a little on the job training. They must keep their skills honed and meet every new method head on.

Originally started to bring decent wages and working conditions to a trade which had neither, Local 32 has also brought many other benefits over the years.

Benefits such as training opportunities, medical and retirement plans not to mention dignity, respect, and an equal seat at the table of their industry, are all proof that when pipe trades workers pull together, they have a positive impact on the industry.

About Seattle Area Pipe Trades Apprenticeship


The Mechanical Contractors Association and the Members of the United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Refrigeration Mechanics have had an approved apprenticeship training program in the State of Washington for over fifty years.

This training program has continued to turn out the highest level mechanic for generations and will continue to be at the forefront of their industry for many many years to come.

They believe an apprentice’s success is a 3 -legged stool: personal, financial and professional.

Their superior training system prepares apprentices to manage these areas in school, at work, and in life.

As a result, they cultivate the most competitive & proficient mechanics in the piping industry.

Meaning workers and employers equally oversee the program.

Their programs are registered with the State of Washington – Department of Labor & Industries, and regulated by the Washington State Apprenticeship Training Council (SAPT).

SAPT offers 5 programs:

  • Commercial Plumber
  • Residential Plumbers
  • Steamfitters
  • Commercial Plumbers
  • Marine Pipefitters
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)/Refrigeration Mechanics

Steam Fitter Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship Requirements

  • Must be at least 18
  • Must take and past an aptitude test
  • Must Possess a high school diploma or equivalent aptitude test
  • Applicant must be in good health and able to perform trade chosen

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Apprenticeships aren’t just good for workers, they’re good for businesses too.

Apprenticeship programs can be used as a tool to train and recruit highly skilled workers, and can also help foster productivity, and can reduce turnover and increase employee satisfaction.

OJT Supports the Expansion of Apprenticeships in the State of Washington

With the current Job-Skills gap the State of Washington is currently facing, understands the need for career seekers to have the best information available to them when they are deciding on a future career path. Now, more than ever, Washington State needs Millenias and Gen-Z to fill the void left by elder demographics leaving the workforce. Take a look at our directory of training providers to find an On-the-Job training provider near you.







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