Apprenticeship is the opportunity to learn a trade and advance to the level of Journeyworker in a specified time which varies per trade. An Apprentice will start at a wage of about 50% of the average Journeyworkers wage for the trade in the area of the state (Oregon) that they are working in. Apprentices receive a 5-10% pay increase every 1000 On-the-Job hours with required hours of schooling.
Most Apprenticeship programs are connected with a community college thus having the ability to earn an Associate’s Degree as part of the apprenticeship program.
When an apprentice completes the required on-the-job hours and school hours they are either completed as a Journeyworker or sent to the Licensing EXAM, if they are training in a licensed trade.
Once an apprentices completes the program they then have the ability to grow within the company they work.