Construction is one of the fastest growing industries in Illinois. Over the next few years, it is projected to grow by over 12% and we are well-positioned to continue providing a highly skilled and trained workforce by investing in our apprenticeship training programs. If you are looking for an incredible opportunity to build a career, why not trade the traditional career path for a trade? Trade 4 years of waiting for a career for one that starts today! Trade student debt for a trade that allows you to earn while you learn!


Do I need a high school diploma to apply for an apprenticeship?
You will need to provide official high school transcript or GED records. Typically, photocopied transcripts or faxed documents will not be accepted. Please refer to each individual training program for their application requirements.
Will I get paid to learn?
Apprenticeships enable you to start working and earn a decent living wage while you learn key skills and gain the qualifications that future employers want. As your skills progress, so will your pay! Please refer to each individual training program for their pay scales.
What can I expect for out-of-pocket expenses?
Apprenticeships are offered at little to no cost, which means there is no debt to repay when the apprenticeship is over, unlike that of a traditional four-year, post high-school education.
How do I apply for an apprenticeship?
Please refer to each individual training program for their application process.


Boilermaker’s Local One Apprenticeship Program requires, at a minimum, the following every six months: completion of 6 written self-study lessons, on-the-job training modules and passing a written exam. To graduate to journeyman boilermaker status, you must complete a minimum 6,000 hours of on-the-job training and you must attend, participate, and complete a minimum of 150 hours per year of classroom instruction.

Training Director:

Justin Gustafson
(773) 247-5225
2941 S. Archer Ave., Chicago, IL 60608


Includes Ceramic Tile Layers & Finishers, Tuckpointers, Cleaners, Caulkers, Plasterers, Terrazzo and Granite Cutters

Working as a bricklayer, tile setter, stone mason, marble mason, cement mason, terrazzo worker, plasterer or pointer-caulker-cleaner can lead to a lifelong career where you can point with pride to the projects that you’ve built with your own hands. Please visit our website for more information on how to get started today!

Training Director:

(630) 953-0835
2140 Corporate Dr., Addison, IL 60101


Includes all Carpenters and Millwrights

Apprenticeship is the best way to start your career as a Carpenter. Whether you have experience on a job site or have never used tools before, apprenticeship programs are designed to give you the skills for success. Each program has classroom and shop projects that are designed to develop your skills so that you will be ready for the job site.

Training Director:

Kina McAfee
(847) 640-7373
1256 Estes Ave., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007


The use of plaster and concrete in construction has been part of the building process for generations. It takes great craftsmanship and management skills to achieve the desired results of a construction project. That is why Cement Masons Local 502 focuses on the hands-on training and education behind this craft to underline the work value and quality of these vital construction resources and the industry they belong to. Please visit our website for more information.

Training Director:

Claudio Robles
(708) 544-9100
725 25th Ave., Bellwood, IL 60104


We’re making a new era of electricians, what are you waiting for? Choosing the Inside Wiremen program requires a 5-year commitment that includes 8,000 on-the-job work hours and 900 classroom hours to complete. Choosing the Data Technician program requires a 4-year commitment that includes 6,400 on-the-job work hours and 720 classroom hours to complete. For more information on these programs, please visit our website.

Training Director:

(630) 393-1701, ext. 4
28600 Bella Vista Parkway, Warrenville, IL 60555


Local 17 offers an excellent five-year apprenticeship program that is second to none. Please visit our website or contact us at 708-468-8000 for more information on how to get started.

Training Director:

Robert McGuckin
(708) 468-8000
18520 Spring Creek Dr., Tinley Park, IL 60477


This is a four-year apprenticeship training program. Apprentices are paid and receive benefits while gaining experience through on-the-job training. To graduate from the program, you must achieve 5,600 on-the-job training hours, documented by a contractor who participates in our Apprenticeship Program. You will also complete a minimum of 204 hours of hands-on or classroom training each year.

Training Director:

George Butz
(708) 345-6067
2523 W. Lexington, Broadview, IL 60155

Training Director:

(708) 366-8181
7740 Industrial Dr., Forest Park, IL 60130


The Laborers’ Apprenticeship is designed as a two-year program. A minimum of 2400 hours of on-the-job work training and 360 hours of classroom training is required over the course of two years in order to become a journey worker. Individuals interested in the Apprentice Program must be sponsored by a Signatory Contractor who must submit an online application on your behalf. More information can be found by visiting our website.

Training Director:

John Retondo
(630) 653-0006
1200 Old Gary Ave., Carol Stream, IL 60188


Includes Painters, Glazing, Drywall Finishing
Apprenticeships in the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades are open to anyone living in North America who is 18 years old with a high school degree (or equivalent) and reliable transportation. We work in the Finishing Trades as industrial and commercial painters, drywall finishers, wall coverers, glaziers, glass workers, floor covering installers, sign makers, display workers, convention and show decorators and in many more exciting occupations.

Training Director:

Veronica Perez
(630) 966-1451
1905 Sequoia Dr., Suite 101, Aurora, IL 60506


Each of our programs include 6000 or more hours of On-the-Job Learning, 240 or more hours of Classroom instruction, and 192 hours or more of Field Instruction. There are also requirements of proficiencies and certifications that are unique to each of the 4 programs: Heavy Equipment Operator – 4+ Years; Heavy Equipment Technician – 5+ Years; Geothermal / Water Well Driller – 4+ Years; Construction and Building Inspector 4+ Years. More information is available on our website.

Training Director:

Daphne Jackson
(815) 722-3201, ext. 6073


UA apprentices learn through both classroom and on-the-job training in what is considered by many to be the best construction industry apprentice program in the world. The five-year apprenticeship period is divided into one-year segments, each of which includes 1,700 to 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and a minimum of 216 hours of related classroom instruction. Contact us for information about our work force, our career opportunities and our dedication to the advancement of the piping industry.

Training Director:

(708) 326-9240
10850 W. 187th St., Mokena, IL 60448


The length of the apprenticeship program is five (5) years. During the first three years Apprentices work on the job four (4) days per week and attend one (1) day of classroom instruction. During the fourth and fifth years, apprentices have on the job training five (5) days per week and attend night school classes from September through June.


The length of our apprenticeship is five years and 5500 on-the-job training hours. At the completion of our program, an apprentice becomes a journeyman, fully qualified to perform the work of the roofing trade and earns the industry top pay for their skill. To learn more, please visit our website.

Training Director:

(708) 246-4488
7045 Joliet Rd., Indian Head Park, IL 60525


The Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 265 offers award winning apprentice training programs that annually produce some of the top trainees in the country. The up-to-date classrooms and work training areas at our Carol Stream school are second to none. Each instructor is carefully chosen and fully trained to make the best use of your time and talents. Visit our website to learn how to apply for our program.

Training Director:

(630) 668-0110
205 Alexandra Way, Carol Stream, IL 60188


“The Training Center covers all aspects of commercial, industrial and residential fire protection, including installation, repair, inspection and testing of all fire protection systems. For over a century, the UA has been training the most highly qualified workers in the United States and Canada. In addition to our five-year apprenticeship programs, Sprinkler Fitters Local 281 offers continuing education opportunity that includes journeymen training and certification, as well as an associate degree program.

Over the past several decades, the United Association’s training programs have produced a stable, skilled workforce responsible for building and maintaining piping systems in the various industrial and residential facilities that make up the North American landscape.”

Training Director:

(708) 597-1800
11900 S. Laramie Ave., Alsip, IL 60803


Construction Teamsters work in the construction building industry. This includes asphalt, concrete and dirt work for new roads and rebuilding of existing roads. Our mission at the Illinois Teamsters/Employers Apprenticeship & Training Fund is to provide job skills training for Teamsters in the construction industry. Students learn to work in a safe and productive manner. Upon completion of classes, graduates will enter the workforce fully prepared to accomplish the tasks for which they are hired. Teamsters work with all types of equipment and in all types of weather, traffic and in hazardous conditions.

Training Director:

Michael T. Borjas, Training Fund Director
(815) 773-0700
990 NE Frontage Rd., Suite 4, Joliet, IL 60431

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