Apprenticeship FAQs

What is an apprenticeship program?
Apprenticeship is post-secondary education like a college or university. But there’s a big difference. Apprentices learn only a portion of their skills in a traditional classroom. They receive most of their training on the job, while working for an employer who pays a good wage. The employment is the primary requirement for an apprenticeship – a job must exist in order for the apprentice to be trained. The classroom instruction is provided through Local 400’s training centers in Kaukauna and Fond du Lac. The apprenticeship is currently a five (5) year program.

Do you help me find a job or provide listings?
No and Yes. You will need to find a union contractor that is willing to hire you on as an apprentice. Once you complete the application process and receive your approval from the Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC), they will give you a listing of union contractors that you may contact for possible employment opportunities.

What happens when I become a registered apprentice?
You will sign a legal document called an Apprentice Contract. The parties to the Contract are you, your apprenticeship sponsor and the State of Wisconsin. This identifies responsibilities and obligations of each party to the Apprentice Contract. You will be on a 12-month probationary period with the contractor once you are hired. As an apprentice, you will work under the direction of a journeyman on the job site.

What is my cost for apprenticeship training?
Minimal. There will be a one-time charge for books and supplies at beginning of your apprenticeship. In most apprenticeships, you will attend paid-related training at Local 400’s Training Center once every other week (you are paid wages to be in day school) for four years. You will also have unpaid-related classes (night school) that you will be required to take for your trade. A list and schedule for the unpaid-related classes will be provided. Tuition at the training center is free.

Can my current employer participate in apprenticeship training?
Yes, providing the occupation and your employer meet all eligibility requirements.

Applications can be downloaded at:

You can also contact Katie Albers in UA 400’s Training Department for more information at (920) 462-0408.