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Carpenters Apprenticeship - Schedule of Opportunities

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New England Carpenters? Union Apprenticeship Program is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides accepted applicants, the opportunity to learn a trade. Apprentices earn a pro-rated salary while receiving their free training to become Journeyman Carpenter with the New England Regional Council of Carpenters.

Who: Anyone age 17 or older who is a high-school graduate or has a GED. High-school seniors may apply with letters from their schools stating that they are eligible to graduate within three months (high school students should be attending informational sessions in December, January and February if they want to be eligible immediately after graduation).  Women, minorities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

How does someone apply?

·         Prospective applicants must attend an informational session. Informational sessions run approximately one hour.

·         Applications to become an apprentice are distributed at the conclusion of informational sessions.

·         Attendance for the entire informational session is mandatory. Late arrivals will be denied admission to that session.

Scheduled Informational Sessions:

Burlington, VT:
                         Local Union 1996, 5 Gregory Drive, Burlington, VT 05403

·         Saturday September 15, 2012, 8:00 AM

·         Wednesday, January 30, 2013 6:00 PM

Portland, ME: First Wednesday of January, April, July, October at 6:00 PM

                         Lcal Union 1996, 63 Bishop St, Portland, ME 04103

·         Wed, October 3, 2012 - 6:00 PM

·         Wed, January 2, 2013 - 6:00 PM

·         Wed, April 3, 2013 - 6:00 PM

Manchester, NH: Second Wednesday of January, April, July, October at 6:00 PM
                         Local Union 118, 146 Lowell St, Manchester, NH 03104, 2nd floor

·         Wed, October 10, 2012 - 6:00 PM

·         Wed, January 9, 2013 - 6:00 PM

·         Wed, April 10, 2013 - 6:00 PM

Boston, MA: First Monday of the month at 9:00 AM or 3:00 PM
                    Boston Carpenters Training Center, 750 Dorchester Avenue, 2nd Floor, Dorchester, MA 02125

·         Mon, 09/10/2012 - 9:00 AM or 3:00 PM ? Date changed Due to Labor Day Holiday

·         Mon, 10/01/2012 - 9:00 AM or 3:00 PM

·         Mon, 11/05/2012 - 9:00 AM or 3:00 PM

·         Mon, 12/03/2012 - 9:00 AM or 3:00 PM

Millbury, MA: Third Wednesday of the month at 6:00 PM
                      New England Carpenters Training Center, 13 Holman Rd, Millbury, MA 01527

·         Wed, 09/19/2012 - 6:00 PM

·         Wed, 10/17/2012 - 6:00 PM

·         Wed, 11/28/2012 - 6:00 PM ? Date changed Due to Thanksgiving Day Holiday

·         Wed, 12/19/2012 - 6:00 PM


Application fees for the carpentry apprenticeship program:

·         Effective August 1, 2012 there is a Non-Refundable Application Processing Fee that must be included with applications for apprenticeship.

·         All Applications must be accompanied by Money Order or Bank Cheque made payable to NECTF in the amount of $65.00.

·         The fee is charged to defray the cost of processing applications. It is due at the time an application is submitted. The fee is non-refundable and, therefore, will not be returned if you later decide you didn't want to apply, your application is disapproved, you do not take the required test(s) or you are not successful on the interview. Also, the fee payment cannot be transferred to another application.

What is a Carpenters? Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is a training program where you earn wages while you learn to become a skilled carpenter. Apprenticeship combines classroom studies with on-the-job training supervised by a trade professional. Much like a college education, it takes several years to become fully trained in the trade that you choose. Unlike college, though, as an apprentice you?ll earn while you learn. At first, you?ll make less money than skilled workers; but as you progress, you?ll get regular raises. Once you have mastered the craft, you will receive professional wages.

Who can be a carpenter apprentice?

Any woman or man meeting the minimum requirements!  Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Apprentices must be at least 17 years old and in good health. A physical may be required. S/he must pass a drug and alcohol test.

A high school diploma or GED is preferred. However an Applicant may provide proof of satisfactory completion of a pre-job preparatory course in Carpentry of at least six (6) months, such as United Brotherhood of Carpenters Job Corps, or other approved carpentry apprentice preparatory course. Documentable on-the-job training of six (6) months or 1500 hours experience as a carpenter would also qualify an applicant as having met the minimum educational requirements.

What are the rewards of apprenticeship training?

The rewards of apprenticeship training are the good wages and benefits you receive as a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC). There are over half a million UBC members in the United States and Canada. You'll be working under the protection of a union contract for a good contractor. This means you will become eligible to have health insurance, a pension and an annuity. It pays to be the best you can be, a well-trained Union Carpenter.

Equal Opportunity:

The New England Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Funds are committed to equal opportunity for applicants. The recruitment, selection and training of apprentices during their apprenticeship shall be without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, creed, handicap, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, arrest record, conviction record, or membership in the military forces of the United States. The ATF will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship, and we will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 30 and all other applicable laws.

For more information, contact the Apprenticeship Office at:

New England Carpenters Training Fund - Apprenticeship Office 13 Holman Rd, Millbury, MA 01527

Phone: tel:(508) 792-5443 or (617) 782-4314

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Posted: September 2, 2012        Nancy Conrad

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