Our Apprenticeship Programs are the best in the industry! Upon completion, these students are the most highly skilled craftspeople in the construction industry. Each program provides a unique learning environment with state-of-the-art classroom and simulated workplace environments.
The Finishing Trades Institute is the first, and only, stand-alone building trade's apprenticeship program to receive full accreditation from the U.S. Department of Education. The FTI is a leader and innovator in the apprenticeship world and continues to change the model with their outside the box approaches to things like; training, diversity, outreach and professional development of staff. In 2011 the FTI won the Department of Labors "Innovator and Trailblazer Award" and in 2012 the Construction Users Round Table (CURT) named the Finishing Trades Institute their "Workforce Development Award" winner.
The FTI has six industries for which they have apprenticeship standards registered; Architectural Glass & Metal Installers (Glaziers), Coatings Applicator Specialist (Industrial Painters), Commercial Paint & Wall Covering, Drywall Finishing, Glassworkers, and Multi-Craft Decorators. The FTI designs programs that produce some of the best journeypersons, supervisors, and project managers in North America.
As an apprentice with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC), you are part of an organization whose first leaders shaped the labor movement in the United States more than a century ago. Building on that tradition, UBC gives you the tools to be the very best at your trade today by offering the finest training facility anywhere, backed by the commitment of your Union and its contractors.
The Apprenticeship program is a four year, registered Apprenticeship Program approved by Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. Apprentices must attend 800 hours of related technical classroom, shop instruction and a minimum 8,000 hours of on-the-job practical training to become a Journeymen Level Carpenter.
Through the Laborers' District Council (LDC) Education & Training Center's Apprenticeship Training Program, participants will learn skills through a combination of formal classroom instruction and on-the-job training.
Courses emphasize the principles of construction, equipment knowledge and operation, materials, site preparation, maintenance and safety. A minimum of 150 hours of classroom training and 300 hours of on-the-job training must be completed within a calendar year.