Potential apprentices for the construction, industrial and service trades must apply to the prospective employer who has the responsibility of selection. Those interested in the construction trades should apply to the local joint apprenticeship committee so that personal interviews can be scheduled.
The applicant enters into an agreement with the employer, known as an apprenticeship contract, in which the employer assumes the responsibility of teaching the apprentice the trade. The contract defines the length and type of training, the total hours of required classroom instruction and the scale of pay during the training period.
The signed contract between the employer and potential apprentice is required before the student enrolls in the related instruction program. Classroom instruction usually involves one day a week or one day every two weeks for three years or more.