Here are the 5 steps you must follow:


Attend or view an orientation about the Laborers trade

These sessions help give you an understanding of the work of a Laborer and answer questions you may have about the apprenticeship program. Orientations can be viewed online by following this link. You can also attend an orientation in person when scheduled by the apprenticeship program.


Apply for the Apprenticeship Program

Watch the videos and answer all the questions correctly. Next you will be able to fill out the actual application, and finally you will need to upload some required documents.


Virtual Interviews

Virtual Interviews are scheduled on a weekly basis. These sessions give us an opportunity to learn more about you. We’ll talk about next steps and you’ll have a chance to ask questions about the program.


Hands-on skills assessment and initial training

This is our chance to evaluate your ability to physically perform the work of the trade. These evaluations are physically demanding and are a chance for you to see if you have what it takes to make it as a Laborer. Sessions are held at our Portland Training Center when there is a need for apprentices. You will also have to take a New Member Orientation and OSHA 10. If you can complete all of the sessions in this week, you will be placed on the ready-for-dispatch list.



Employers call the Union for journeyworkers and apprentices as they need them for their jobs. When your name comes up, it will be your chance to go to work!


The apprenticeship program consists of 4000 hours of on-the-job experience and a minimum of 360 hours related training. Wages begin at 63% of Journeyperson scale and increase with each 1000 hours of on-the-job training and 90 hours of related training.

The purpose of the apprenticeship program is to develop a qualified, versatile and safe workforce. A skilled workforce creates profit for the worker and the contractor. Owners of projects expect contractors to produce a quality project at a competitive price. Contractors must have skilled, safe workers to be competitive. Apprenticeship will give you a combination of on-the-job experience and related training to help you become a valued construction team member and a qualified Union Laborer.
The Oregon and Southern Idaho Laborers-Employers Training Trust Fund admits students of any race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, and gender and all students have the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The Oregon and Southern Idaho Laborers-Employers Training Trust Fund does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, and gender in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and any other programs that are administered by the Training Trust Fund.
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