Earn While You Learn: Become an Apprentice
No Other Trade Invests in Its Members Like LiUNA!
The Laborers’ Apprenticeship Program for Northern Nevada provides high quality education and work experience that allows you to gain the skills and knowledge you need to have a long and prosperous career as a Construction Craft Laborer. We help members find work opportunities, and fight for better wages, working conditions and benefits for them and their families for years to come.
The Laborers’ Apprenticeship Program of Northern Nevada is a two-year program and allows apprentices to earn good wages while learning the Laborers’ trade. Apprentices work for a signatory contractor for 4000 hours (about two years) and take 300 hours of related training (classroom and hands-on) at our training center. Apprentice wages are on a progressive scale and are based on journeyman wages. The starting wage for an apprentice is currently $15.27 per hour (60% of journeyman wages). For every 1000 hours of OJT and 75 hours of related training that an apprentice completes, wages increase to 70% of the journey scale, 80%, 90% and 100%.
How to Apply
We currently accept applications on a year-round basis. In addition to completing an application, you must attend a program orientation, take a written aptitude test, and participate in an interview. Top scorers are selected to participate in a hands-on skills assessment to ensure that they can meet the physical demands of the trade.
We encourage females and minorities to apply! In addition, veterans may receive direct entry to the program.
Equal Opportunity Pledge
The Laborers’ Training Fund for Northern Nevada JATC will not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, genetic information, or because they are an individual with a disability or a person 40-years old or older.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
You must be physically able to perform the work of the trade, with or without reasonable accommodation.
You must be legally residing in the United States.
You must be genuinely interested in learning the trade.
You must comply with all the terms and conditions of the Apprenticeship Standards and of the JATC.
What Kind of Work to Expect
This apprenticeship will cover a greater variety of skills than any other craft. It can include the construction, remodeling, and demolition of buildings, dams, bridges, airports, streets, sewers, tunnels, pipelines and more.
Construction Craft Laborers perform a wide range of physically demanding tasks on highway and building projects, all types of concrete construction, tunnels, pipelines, demolition projects, hazardous waste sites, other environmental clean-up projects and landscaping. Construction Craft Laborers must be able to solve problems and are expected to have knowledge, skills and competencies in using, managing and understanding new and current technologies in the construction industry.
LiUNA Members — the Fastest Growing Union of Construction Workers
Local 169's Years Of Experience
Workers in Northern Nevada Represented by Local 169
We Are LiUNA!
LIUNA—the Laborers’ International Union of North America—is the most progressive, aggressive and fastest-growing union of construction workers, and one of the most diverse and effective unions representing public service employees. A half-million strong, we are united through collective bargaining agreements which help us earn family-supporting pay, good benefits and the opportunity for advancement and better lives.
LIUNA has one of the best continuing FREE education systems in the world. Our training meets or exceeds OSHA, EPA, and other regulatory standards. Local 169 offers dozens of courses free to members that provide them with valuable skills. Classes are available in every state in the U.S. and every province in Canada.
Unions Serve Members by:
- Helping members find jobs.
- Providing free training.
- Protecting them by providing representation for discipline and other workplace issues.
- Providing benefits to you and your family.
- Providing pension, making it possible to retire.
- Negotiating for better pay and issues workers care about.
A Culture of Safety
The Union culture of safety saves lives. Members are provided with training in order to recognize potential hazards and are empowered to take action to fix it. Union contractors were 20% more likely to engage in prevention through design practices. Almost 80% of union contractors said they conduct hazard analysis before projects begin; only 56% of non-union contractors said the same. A 1% decline in unionization results in about a 5% increase in the rate of occupational fatalities.