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October 18, 2018
About our Apprenticeship Program

What is an apprentice?

An apprentice is someone who is learning a trade by working under the guidance of skilled workers called journeyman. Apprentices start at 50% of the journeyman's pay rate. Wages are increased at periodic intervals until graduating to journeyman status.

Apprentices are required to attend school for four weeks each year for a period of four years. The training is free; however, you will not receive wages while attending school. Failure to attend scheduled classes will terminate you from the program.

How do I apply?

Applying is easy. Anyone wishing to enter the Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program may do so by meeting the following qualifications and submitting an application. Applicants qualifying for the program must complete and submit an application to join. Applications are accepted at 904 Brenkman Drive, Pekin, IL, 61554 on a daily basis, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 to 11:30 am and 12:30 to 3:00 p.m., except for holidays. To be considered complete, your application must include:


  • Applicant must provide a birth certificate or other acceptable documentation.  Minimum age requirement is 17.
  • Applicant must provide an official transcript (must include the school's seal and representative's signature) from high school showing graduation date OR all GED records must be submitted (offical transcript showing test scores and certificate issued).  Applicant should provide any post-high school/technical training transcripts if they wish to receive consideration for such training.
  • Applicant must provide a VALID Driver's License.
  • Applicants must be able phyiscally capable of performing the essential functions of the apprenticeship program, with or without a reasonble accommodation, and without posing a direct threat to the health and safety of the individual or others.
  • Applicant MUST live in Mid-Central Illinois Regional Council of Carpenters jurisdiction. This includes the following counties: Adams, Brown, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Cole, Crawford, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Ford, Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Knox, Livingston, Logan, McDonough, McLean, Macon, Macoupin, Mason, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Peoria, Piatt, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, Tazewell, Vermilion, Warren and Woodford.
  • Applicant must submit a DD-214 or any similar documentation, used to verify military training and/or experience if they are a veteran and wish to receive consideration for such training/experience.

Selection Procdure/Application Process:

  • Applicant will sign the Application Log prior to recieving an application form.  The completed form must be submitted with the required documentation to be considered complete.  Applications will remain active for two (2) calendar years from the date of application.
  • Applications will be checked for minimum qualifications (If application is deficient in one or more qualifications OR false statements are made on the application, no further processing of the application will be taken).
  • Applications that are deemed complete will be processed and the applicant will receive the "Letter of Introduction" packet.
  • Applicant WILL CONTACT the Local Union indicated in their packet for a list of contractors and seek employment with one of the signatory contractors.
  • Upon being hired by a contractor, applicant will bring in the signed form to the JATC so he/she may be scheduled for their drug screen.  This MUST be done prior to starting work.
  • Upon clearance of the drug screen, applicant will be able to obtain a work permit from the local union hall and start work.

This will start your 120 probationary period.  During this period, you will be required to work a minimum of 275 on-the-job hours with a signatory union contractor.  At the completion of the probationary period, you will receive your notification that you are eligible to initiate into the local union.

The recruitment, selection, employment and training of apprentices during their apprenticeship shall be without discrimination because of age, race, color, religion, national origin or sex. The sponsor will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the Apprenticeship Program as required by the rules of the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training; U.S. Department of Labor; and Title 29 Part 30 of the code of Federal Regulation.

The Next Level

Once you acquire journeyman status, you will be among the most respected professionals in your field. As a union carpenter, millwright, millcabinet, floor coverer or piledriver, you will also receive numerous benefits, including a work contract, health insurance, a retirement program and much more. Becoming a union member can open the door to a solid future.



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