The members of LIUNA are experienced Construction Craft Laborers (CCL) that rely on a diverse set of skills, performed on a wide variety of jobsites. As one of the most valued trade workers in the construction industry, Laborers possess skill sets that cut across almost every facet of commercial and residential work. From buildings, roads, bridges, tunnels, and utilities to renovation and demolition to remediating hazardous materials and substances, LIUNA is known as the first trade on the job and the last trade to leave.
LIUNA’s North American world-class training and education network is the perfect delivery system for the Construction Craft Laborer Apprenticeship Program. LIUNA Training and Education Fund was the first organization to develop and register Apprenticeship Standards for the Occupation of Construction Craft Laborer – no other organization does Laborers’ training better than LIUNA. Our training network produces the best skilled workforce and the Construction Craft Laborer Apprenticeship Program is the best place to start.
All Laborer apprentices begin by learning the core construction skills that provide a foundation of safety and productivity across all industry sectors. These include Blue Print Reading, Confined Space Awareness, Craft Orientation, Fall Protection, First Aid/CPR, General Construction, Hazard Communication, OSHA Safety and Health, Scaffold User, and Flagger.
Successful completion of core skills means a move to increased industry knowledge in one or more areas of concentration: Building Construction, Heavy/Highway and Utility Construction, Masonry, Demolition and Deconstruction, Pipeline, Tunneling, Environmental Remediation, and Landscaping.
To become an apprentice, an individual must be 18 years of age and have earned a high school degree or its equivalency. Apprentices also have the option of achieving a high school degree or equivalency while enrolled in the CCL program.
Career skills are gained two ways: the first is through related instruction that combines classroom and job simulated, hands-on training; the second is on-the-job learning, where CCL apprentices “earn while they learn.”
In the Construction Craft Laborer Apprenticeship Program, an apprentice must complete 4,000 hours of on-the-job learning and successfully complete a minimum of 300 hours of related instruction in order to graduate. While many apprentices complete the requirements in two years, it may take longer depending upon availability of work.
Upon graduation the apprentice joins the rank of journey-persons and begins a career as a skilled CCL. As a member of LIUNA training never ends as life-long learning opportunities are available year-round to meet the challenges in one of the most diverse and rewarding industries.