Illinois Laborers' & Contractors Program


Application Process

On February 3, 1997, the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, awarded the Illinois Laborers' and Contractors' Training Trust Fund a Certificate of Registration for Apprenticeship Training for the trade of Construction Craft Laborer. The Training Program soon began implementing its first apprenticeship program, administered by the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC). The JATC is composed of twelve members, six appointed by the union and six by the employers.

Our instructors are dedicated to giving quality training in everything from Asbestos Abatement, General Construction, and Hazardous Waste Removal to Welding. We train more than 5,500 Union Laborers a year and offer an apprenticeship program to qualified men and women who are interested in a career as a construction craft laborer with all the advantages of the Laborers' Union...good wages, great health and welfare benefits and lots of advancement opportunities.



  • Must be a High School Graduate or GED
  • Must be 18 at the time of application
  • Reading, understanding, writing, and communicating ability as would enable the applicant to perform the tasks of the construction craft laborer in a safe manner and comprehend the subject matter taught in English only, in related instruction
  • Must be physically able to perform the work of the trade.
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Submit to written aptitude test, and personal interview administered by program staff. These will be scheduled after our office receives all applications. ALL APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY U.S. MAIL
  • Drug testing shall be required at time of enrollment
  • $20.00 NON-REFUNDABLE administrative fee is required at the time of orientation/aptitude testing

Illinois Laborers' and Contractors' Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program are an equal opportunity employer. Applications are given without regard to age, sex, religion, race, color, or national origin.


Training Provided

Year 1

Craft Orientation 40 Hours
Practices and Procedures of Mason Tending   40 Hours
Asphalt Technology and Constructions 80 Hours
Concrete Specialist 80 Hours
Total hours for year one 200 Hours            


Year 2

Asbestos Abatement 40 Hours
Principles of Pipelaying 40 Hours
Blueprint Reading 40 Hours
Concrete Specialist 80 hours
Total hours for year two   200 hours


Year 3

Hazardous Waste Worker 80 Hours                    
Landscaping 40 Hours              
Grade Checking 40 Hours
Bridge Construction, Renovation & Demolition   40 Hours
Total hours for year three 200 Hours



Wages and Wage Progression

Apprentices are paid a progressively increasing schedule of wages consistent with skills and knowledge acquired. The rate for each period is shown as a percentage of the skilled Construction Craft Laborer journey worker rate as specified in the collective bargaining agreement.

The following schedule provides for 200 hours of classroom training and 1000 hours of on-the-job training, each year for the three-year term of apprenticeship.



1st Year of Apprenticeship - 75% of Journeyworker rate + Benefits
Classroom Training = 200 Hours
On-the-Job Training = 1,000 Hours
When both requirements met – wage progress to 85% level

2nd Year of Apprenticeship – 85% of Journeyworker rate + Benefits
Classroom Training = 200 Hours
On-the-Job Training = 1,000 Hours
When both requirements met – wage progress to 95% level

3rd Year of Apprenticeship – 95% of Journeyworker rate + Benefits
Classroom Training = 200 Hours
On-the-Job Training = 1,000 Hours

When final classroom and OJT requirements are met, and apprentice has in program MINIMUM of 3 years – they will be advanced to 100% Journeyworker Status.



Trainee Lodging

Lodging will be provided to all students who attend 40-hour classes at any of the four ILCJATP Facilities. Please visit the facilities pages for more information.

Mt. Sterling, IL  •   Marion, IL  •   Stanford, IL  •  Edwardsville, IL