Thank you for your interest in the ABC apprenticeship program. In order to ensure you know as much about the program and process as possible, we have put together this overview. If you have any questions we have not addressed here, you can ask them at your interview.
The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a major nonprofit construction industry trade association with a nationwide membership of 23,000 companies. We operate under the Merit Shop philosophy and strive to ensure that employment is based on ability rather than “union or non-union” affiliation.
Our apprenticeship programs are 3 year / 4-year state and federally registered programs; Electrical, Operators, Low Voltage, Sheet Metal, Carpentry and Plumbing (Reno Only). It consists of a full-time job with one of our member contractors in which you would obtain your on-the-job training and classes during the week. Both components are required to be considered an indentured apprentice.
Today you will be filling out an application and you will take a basic math test. Upon completion of the application, you will be scheduled for an oral interview with 2 of our apprenticeship volunteers. Everyone who applies will be given a total score for the entire process and apprentices will be chosen based on that score. For example – If we have 100 people apply and we can accept 25 people into the program, we would go to the list of applicants (called the eligibility list) and take the first 25 people on the list with the highest scores.
A letter will be emailed to all applicants letting you know if you were accepted or not. If accepted, a pre-indenture drug screen must be passed and a mandatory orientation will be held. If you are not accepted, you will be placed on the eligibility list for further consideration for up to 2 years or until accepted in whichever comes first. You can request to be removed from that list if you choose. Be sure to keep your physical address, email, and phone number current with our office during the entire process, as we will send letters of acceptance as apprentices are needed and we must be able to reach you.
If you are accepted into the program you will be responsible for purchasing your tools for work and books for school. Tools will range anywhere from $400 - $1000 and books will be approximately $300 for the first year. An ABC representative can give you a list of required tools upon request. Also, if accepted you will be required to sign a promissory note that states if you quit or are terminated from the program before its completion, you will be required to pay back the cost of the tuition paid by your contractor. It is very important you have reliable transportation if accepted as the job you are placed on could be anywhere in the local jurisdiction.
Our member contractors do residential, commercial, and industrial work. You will be required to work for a member during your entire apprenticeship. One of our staff members will be in charge of placing you with a contractor for employment. The majority of work is outside year round and will include heavy lifting, digging, working at heights and job-site cleanup. The minimum wage schedule is as follows:
Yr. of Apprentice: Private Job: % on Prevailing Wage Job:1st period $15.00 50%2nd period $16.50 55%3rd period $18.00 60%4th period $19.50 65%5th period $21.00 70%6th period $22.50 75%7th period $24.00 80%8th period $25.50 85%
(The contractor you work for is responsible for the cost of your education).
Applicant must be 18 years old. The following documents must be submitted with this application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Applicants must complete a math quiz, attend a scheduled oral interview and must be able to perform the essential function of the trade. Applicants must be legally residing and legally eligible for employment in the United States, genuinely interested in learning the trade, and willing to comply with all terms and conditions set forth by ABC, the StateApprenticeship Council and the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.
By virtue of completion of this application and my signature below I do hereby authorizethe Associated Builders and Contractors, Nevada Chapter, Inc., and its officials or instructors, torelease any and all information concerning this application or any and all records to any trainingprograms for which I may have enrolled. I understand that in executing this authorization, I waivethe right for such information to be held as privileged and that reproduction of this authorizationshall be valid as the original.I also hereby authorize the Registrar of the National Center for Construction Education andResearch to verify information in my apprenticeship/or craft training records to SponsorRepresentatives upon request. I release and hold harmless Associated Builders and Contractorsfor this verification process.
TRAINING PROGRAM SPONSORNevada Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors
I hereby agree to allow ABC of Nevada, or its designated representative, to collect samples from me to determine the presence of illegal drugs in my body. Further, I give my consent to the release of my test results to ABC of Nevada management for appropriate review.
I understand that the results of the drug testing, if positive, will remove me from theApprenticeship Training Program. I also understand that if I refuse to consent, I will beremoved from further consideration for training.
I have read and understand the Chapter's policy on controlled substances and alcohol abuse.
I hereby consent to the administration of the drug detection test and to the terms andconditions of the policy on controlled substances and alcohol abuse.
I authorize Associated Builders and Contractor's Apprenticeship Program to release to myemployer/sponsor company all alcohol and drug-testing results obtained during the course of my apprenticeship enrollment.
I authorize my employer, who is a member of the Nevada Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors to release to Associated Builders and Contractor's Apprenticeship Program all alcohol and drug testing results obtained during the course of my employment assignment.
Under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and related regulations, employee consent must be given in order to receive electronic copies of employee materials in certain situations.
The purpose of this notice is to inform you that ABC Nevada is offering you the opportunity to electronically receive all notices about your status in the application process and the apprenticeship program; instead of certified mailings.
Such notices will include (but not limited to) insurance benefits, committee notices, newsletters, acceptance letters, events, deregistration, raise, open enrollment announcements, attendance, grades, OJT, COBRA notices, apprentice memos, and committee notices.
All ERISA notices will be sent to your designated email and it is your responsibility to update your information if there is a change.
In order for us to provide you with this opportunity, you must consent to receive all apprentice notices electronically by signing the form below.
You have the right to withdraw your consent to electronic distribution at any time at no charge to you. To withdraw consent, you must notify Kara Arenas- Vice President in writing.
I consent to the electronic disclosure of all Applicant & Apprentice notices.
I acknowledge that I have received and read the notice above and understand that I am entitled to withdraw my consent at any time at no cost to myself. I understand that I have the right to receive paper copies of all notices and I also confirm that I have the ability and the necessary equipment to receive said notices.
Associated Builders and Contractors is asking all applicants to complete this form in order to comply with the United States Government Equal Employment Opportunity requirements. This information will be detached from your application and will be available to authorized personnel for research and reporting purposes only. Your cooperation in providing this information is essential to the success of the research and evaluation process.
Before you begin filling out this application, please have the following information ready:
Your application will not be accepted without the above information.
ABC NorCal’s Electrical Apprenticeship Program lasts a minimum of five years and 8,000 on-the-job training hours. The majority of experience is gained through practical on-the-job training.
A normal workweek is 40 hours, however, it can vary depending on weather conditions, job delays, or other unforeseen circumstances. Apprentices should be prepared to travel to job sites and training locations.
ABC NorCal apprentices earn competitive wages and wage rates are established by the state. The starting wages, about half of the salary of a trade professional, increase as the apprentice learns new skills, becomes more proficient and takes on more complex tasks. In addition to the quoted base wages, ABC NorCal apprentices earn health benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance and an employee assistance program.
ABC NorCal apprentices attend school while enrolled in the program. Expert-led classroom instruction includes theory, safety, proper technique and trade-specific fundamentals. Students also benefit from instructor demonstrations and simulations.
After completing the ABC NorCal’s Apprenticeship Program, graduates receive a journey level card and certificate of completion from the State of California and the US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship. More importantly, they will have the skills and credentials necessary to succeed in today’s competitive workforce.
ABC NorCal’s Apprenticeship Programs were developed to increase the number of highly skilled craftspeople in the construction industry. Accredited by the State of California’s Division of Apprenticeship Standards and the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship, our apprenticeship programs adhere to all industry standards and regulations.
Because of the length of the program, commitment to the classroom and on-the-job performance requirements, one should be passionate about and dedicated to their chosen trade. When making selection decisions, ABC NorCal looks for candidates who want to become career electricians.
I understand that I am not applying for employment with the Trust Fund and/or the Unilateral Apprenticeship Committee (UAC) and that I have not been assured employment with any employer participating in the ABC Northern California Chapter apprenticeship program. I understand that I will not be an employee of the Trust Fund and/or the UAC and that I will be employed directly by the employers participating in the ABC Northern California Chapter apprenticeship program. I understand and agree that the Trust Fund and/or the UAC cannot be held liable as my employer if my employment with any participating employer is terminated. The applicant agrees to comply with the UAC’s rules and regulations, which require that the applicant submit all disputes with the Trust Fund and/or the UAC to final and binding arbitration.
I understand that I may be required to submit to a physical examination and pre-employment screening if required by participating employers. In consideration for my participation in the apprenticeship program, I agree to assume all risk, responsibility, and liability for any kind of injury or damage I may receive or sustain as a result of participation in the apprenticeship program. On behalf of myself and my personal representatives, heirs, and next of kin, I agree to indemnify, hold harmless and release the Trust Fund, the UAC, and the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., their agents, consultants, and employees (“the releases”) from any and all claims of damage or liability resulting from my participation in the apprenticeship program, including property loss, property damage, personal injury, or death, whether arising from the negligence of the releases or otherwise, to the fullest extent permitted by law.
I authorize the Trust Fund and/or the UAC to investigate my and other matters related to my suitability for apprenticeship and further authorize the release of such information to the Trust Fund and/or the UAC. I certify that the above information is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I understand that my omission or misstatement of fact on this application or on any document used to secure admission into the apprenticeship program shall be grounds for rejection of this application or immediate discharge from the program.
Apprenticeship Recruitment, selection, employment and training shall be without discrimination because of race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin or ancestry, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, military and veteran status, or any other status protected by law.
This data is for analysis only and does not impact acceptance into the apprenticeship program.
WHITE (Not of Hispanic origin) - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, North Africa or the Middle East.
BLACK or AFRICAN AMERICAN (Not of Hispanic Origin) - A person having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa.
AMERICAN INDIAN OR ALASKA NATIVE - All persons having origins in any of the original peoples of North America and who maintain cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community recognition.
HISPANIC - A person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, South Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin,regardless of race.
ASIAN or PACIFIC ISLANDER - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast, Asia,the Indian subcontinent, or the Pacific Islands. The area includes, for example, China, Japan, Korea, and Samoa.