Questions answered

Just like with anything that’s new and exciting, you probably have lots of questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about careers in construction. If you don’t see your question here, please fill out this form so we can address it in a timely manner.


What are building trades?

The Building Trades are the skilled labor unions that provide specialized, trained workers for all facets of construction. Learn more.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is the leading form of construction craft training. It is the system that unions use to train new members to join the building trades. The apprenticeship system is open to all. Apprentices take classes and get paid on-the-job training.

Do apprentices pay for the classes they take?

No. Instead, apprentices are paid full wages and benefits while they receive on-the-job training and take classes.

Is there more than one apprenticeship program?

Yes, there are dozens of apprenticeship programs in Southern California.

How do I choose an apprenticeship program?

First, decide which trade interests you most. The Building Trades Council includes 15 different trades to choose from. Each trade arranges its own apprenticeship program. Learn about the trades.