Illinois Laborers' & Contractors Program

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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.


BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:
 1) Applicant must apply in person
 2) Must be 18 years of age at the time of application.
 3) High School Graduate or GED Certificate
 4) Physically able to perform the work of the trade  
 5) A reading, understanding, writing, and communicating ability, that would enable the applicant to perform the tasks of the CCL in
     a safe manner and comprehend the subject matter taught, in English only, in related training.

 DRUG TESTING SHALL BE REQUIRED UPON ACCEPTANCE INTO PROGRAM

 Within ten (10) days of date of application, applicant must submit the following to Fund Office:
   1)  Birth Certificate or documentation showing proof of age.
   2)  High School Diploma or GED Certificate.
   3)  Transcript of grades (High School, GED Scores, College-if applicable).
   4)  Military transfer or discharge - if in the military.
   5)  References - OPTIONAL:  Two (2) favorable references from:  Associated General Contractors members, other signatory contractors, or Laborer Local Business Managers
         will be accepted.


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.

 

REQUIRED CURRICULUM FOR STUDENTS WHO ENTERED THE PROGRAM BEFORE 1/1/2021

Year 1

New Apprentice - Craft Orientation 40 Hours
Mason Tending   40 Hours
Asphalt Technology and Construction 40 Hours
Concrete Specialist 1 40 Hours
Construction Math 40 Hours
Total Hours for Year 1 200 Hours           


Year 2

Asbestos Worker with Lead Awareness 40 Hours               
Blueprint Reading 40 Hours
Concrete Specialist 2 40 Hours
Hoisting & Rigging 40 Hours
Pipelaying 40 Hours
Total Hours for Year 2 200 Hours

Year 3

Hazardous Waste Operations 40 Hours                     
Landscaping 40 Hours              
Grade Checking 40 Hours
Bridge Construction, Renovation & Demolition   40 Hours
Global Positioning Systems 40 Hours
Total Hours for Year 3 200 Hours

 
TOTAL TRAINING HOURS = 600 HOURS



REQUIRED CURRICULUM FOR STUDENTS ENTERING THE PROGRAM AFTER 1/1/2021.


YEAR 1

New Apprentice - Craft Orientation 40 Hours                  
Asbestos Abatement Worker Course 32 Hours
Asphalt Technology & Construction 40 Hours
Concrete Specialist 1 40 Hours
Construction Math 40 Hours
Asbestos Abatement Worker Refresher Course 8 Hours
Total Hours for Year 1 200 Hours


YEAR 2
Blueprint Reading 40 Hours                  
Concrete Specialist 2 40 Hours
Grade Checking 40 Hours
Mason Tending 40 Hours
Pipelaying 40 Hours
Asbestos Abatement Workers Refresher Course 8 Hours
Total Hours for Year 2 208 Hours
 

YEAR 3
Bridge Construction, Renovation & Demolition 40 Hours                
Global Positioning Systems 40 Hours
Hazardous Waste 40 Hours
Hoisting & Rigging 40 Hours
Landscaping 40 Hours
Asbestos Abatement Worker Refresher Course 8 Hours
Total Hours for Year 3 208 Hours

TOTAL TRAINING HOURS = 616 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 the required hours of classroom training and 1000 hours of on-the-job training, each year for the three-year term of apprenticeship.

YEAR 1 - BEGINS WITH DATE OF REGISTRATION AT DOL

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 = 208 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 = 208 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.

TOTAL ON-THE-JOB HOURS     3,000 HOURS


How to Apply
Applications are accepted on the first Tuesday of each month according to the information provided in the Where to Apply section of our website.  Depending on the local you are applying with, applications may be accepted in-person, or online.  Online applications are accepted between the hours of 8:00am - 8:00pm on the first Tuesday of each month only.  The online application can be found on our website under the Apply tab at the top of the homepage.  In-person application times vary, and are listed with each local in the Where to Apply section.  Once you have applied and submitted all necessary documentation, the ILCJATP will be in contact by US Mail concerning your next steps.

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