What Is A Construction Apprentice?

A Construction apprentice is a person who prepares to become a skilled craftsmen through planned, supervised work on the job, plus related classroom instruction. The apprentice, when working on the job, is a regular part of the work force who earns wages while acquiring an important skill.

The Construction apprenticeship training period of skilled occupations ranges from two to five years. Apprentices are taught the proper use, care and safe handling of the tools and equipment used in connection with their work. Classroom work is required in subjects related to the trade to round out their training.

Classes are usually held one or two evenings per week and/or on weekends. One hundred and fifty hours of related instruction are required each year. Classes are taught by competent instructors with many years of practical experience in the craft.

Upper Ohio Valley Building Trades Council

The Upper Ohio Valley Building Trades Council (OVBTC) was chartered on January 17, 1939 in Wheeling, West Virginia. The OVBTC meets every Tuesday of the month, with the meeting location varying between Steubenville, Ohio at the Electricians’ Hall and in Wheeling, West Virginia at the Iron Workers’ Hall.