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The Benefits Of Apprenticeship
Young men and women

Young men and women benefit from apprenticeship as if offers an efficient means of learning a skill and trade within an organized structure and guided work programs. The apprentice is able to learn while they earn and once they have completed the apprenticeship program and become journeyman they are assured of a secure future with a good standard of living. Opportunities for employment and advancement open up once the apprentice completes their training.

Industry and business

Industry and business benefit from the apprenticeship programs as the journeyman is a skilled and competent worker with all around skills in their trade. They are able to work unsupervised and demonstrate quick adaptation, versatility and leadership. These individuals typically advance quickly and are often supervisors, foreman and managers. A survey of the Association of General Contractors of America showed the 90 percent of the top officials in construction companies, presidents, vice presidents, owners and partners, began their careers as apprentices.

Apprenticeship Programs
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Hawaii Carpenters Apprenticeship
& Training
The Hawaii Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Fund co-sponsors and coordinates this learn- and- earn program that develops carpenters and drywall workers to enter Hawaii’s construction industry and enjoy productive careers as highly skilled tradesmen.
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Roofers Apprenticeship & Training
Apprenticeship programs sponsored jointly by labor and management on the local union level supply employers with the highly skilled workers who apply the quality roofing and waterproofing systems that keep America's buildings dry.
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Plumbers/Fitters Training Fund
In 1919, the Plumbers and Fitters Local 675 received its charter from the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada.
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Sheet Metal Workers Apprenticeship & Training
The Hawaii Sheet Metal Workers' represents craft persons throughout Hawaii. HSMW serves those who perform architectural sheet metal work, fabrications, installation, residential work, industrial work, testing and balancing, servicing of heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, and shipyard industries. 
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Hawaii Electricians Training Fund
The Hawaii Electricians Training Fund (HETF) is a 501(c)(5) organization established on August 15, 1962. As an employer benefit trust fund, HETF's purpose is to provide educational benefits to IBEW 1186 members who meet our fund's eligibility requirements
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Bricklayers & Allied Craftsmen
BAC, through the International Masonry Institute (IMI), offers a variety of training programs to meet the needs of BAC members and contractors. In addition, IMI sponsors programs to recruit and develop the next generation of craftworkers and to encourage architects, designers, and builders to use masonry products installed by BAC members.
Requirements for an Approved Apprenticeship Program
As outlined in the Hawaii Revised Statutes, Chapter 372 Apprenticeship Law, an apprenticeship program must be approved by the Apprenticeship Council. In order to become an approved and registered apprenticeship program in the state of Hawaii, the program must meet eligibility for registration.
  • The program must be sponsored by an employer or employers’ association, where the standards, collective bargaining agreement, or other instrument provide for participation by a union in any matter in the operation of the apprenticeship program. 
  • The program has a written plan that outlines the terms and conditions of employment, training, and supervision of the apprentices and supported by the sponsoring business or association to carry out the training. 
  • The program provides equal opportunity pledge as outlined within the apprenticeship law. 
  • The program must outline the duration of the apprentices on-the-job training, to be no less than 12 months or 2,000 hours, and provide outline of the work process in which the apprentice will receive supervised work experience. The program must also outline the number of hours spent in organized related instruction in technical subjects related to the trade. This must be approved by the state department of education or the community college system, University of Hawaii and shall be no less than 144 hours. Hawaii Revised Statutes 372-6 – Related instruction:  states, Related instruction for apprentices and training of teachers and coordinators for the instruction shall be the responsibility of the community colleges of the University of Hawaii system.
  • State those apprentices shall be no less than 16 years of age. 
  • Provide statement of the progressively increasing scale of wages to be paid the apprentice consistent with the skill acquired, with the entry wage to be no less than minimum wage. 
  • Provide a provision for probationary period reasonably related to the full apprenticeship term. 
  • Provisions for; ratio of apprentices to journey workers consistent with proper supervision, apprentices shall be provided adequate and safe equipment and facilities for training and supervision, periodic review and evaluation of apprentice’s job performance and related instruction, recognition of successful completion of apprenticeship by appropriate certificate. 
Future Apprenticeship Programs
Workforce Development Services - Jobs for the Future: has been selected by the U.S. Department of Labor as a national industry intermediary to drive expansion of registered apprenticeship in two key sectors: Advanced Manufacturing and Hospitality.

National Apprenticeship Intermediary in Advanced Manufacturing
JFF has been selected by USDOL as a national industry intermediary to drive the expansion of Registered Apprenticeship in the growing advanced manufacturing sector. Under the contract, JFF is partnering with manufacturing associations and leading innovators in apprenticeship to dramatically increase the number of manufacturing firms that are utilizing Registered Apprenticeship and to train more than 2,200 apprentices over the next five years.

National Apprenticeship Intermediary in the Hospitality Sector
JFF is a key partner in the team selected by USDOL to serve as a national apprenticeship intermediary in the Hospitality sector.* The team—led by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and the American Hotel and Lodging Association, and including Hilton Worldwide and other major employers—will establish Registered Apprenticeship opportunities that improve productivity and lead to high-wage careers in the restaurant and hotel industries. Under a five-year contract, the team will expand programs in Hospitality to train over 2,200 apprentices.

Diversity and Inclusion in Apprenticeship
JFF has been selected by the USDOL to lead an effort designed to support increased demographic diversity and inclusion in apprenticeship. Under a five-year contract, JFF is partnering with a consortium of community colleges, organizations, employers (Hilton Worldwide, CVS Health, and The Hartford), and local partners in four cities to increase the participation of women, people of color, and disconnected youth who enter and complete Registered Apprenticeship programs through implementation and scaling of diversity and inclusion plans and practices.

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Contact Us
rcowan3@hawaii.edu
Richard Cowan
Apprenticeship Training Coordinator