Training/Occupation Info

Canada's Building & Construction Unions have a lot to offer Canada's Veterans

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International Association of Bridge, Structural,                  Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers.

The Department of Apprenticeship and Training and The National Training Fund oversees, coordinates, and manages the education and training programs that provide our members with knowledge and skills ranging from the basic to the very advanced. This Department's mission necessitates interaction with the International, Local Unions, Local Joint Apprenticeship Committees and Trade Improvement Committees, and various other organizing bodies to ensure that our outside local and shop members in the United States and Canada receive the comprehensive and effective education and training that will enable them to carry out their work safely and efficiently while meeting the highest standards of quality.


The mission of Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Department is to ensure that our union ironworkers have the skills, knowledge, and training necessary to be safe on the jobsite, competitive in the workplace, and satisfied in their careers.

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International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers
International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers The Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Union is committed to providing an adequate supply of trained insulation mechanics with the competitive skills necessary to meet industry needs now and in the future.

The goal of the apprentice program is to provide the highest level of training to apprentices, in order that they may assume positions as fully-qualified journeymen ready to meet the professional challenges of the insulation industry.

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International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers
International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers From the early days of steamships and locomotives to the modern supercritical boilers, the Boilermakers continue to be a leader in apprenticeship training and journeyperson upgrading.

A Boilermaker apprenticeship ranges from 4800 hours to 6000 hours depending on the province of indentureship with 720 of those hours spent in a Community College for the in-school portion. Colleges follow a national common core curriculum which allows for ease of mobility for apprentices as well as consistency for in school training.

Providing highly skilled and qualified Boilermakers has and will continue to be a major focus of our organization by promoting lifelong learning opportunities for our members. Our local union training centers provide upgrading courses in all aspects of safety and other trade related courses, including welding, rigging and supervision.

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International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers The IBEW represents workers in the electrical industry including construction, gas and electric utilities, telecommunications, railroads and government agencies. Construction and residential electricians work in all phases of the electrical construction and service industry.

 Electricians work in the electric sign industry and increasingly perform more work in the installation of fiber optics and voice/data/video equipment. IBEW electricians participate in a five-year apprentice program.

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International Brotherhood of Teamsters
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Union training is essential to ensuring our members proper representation, maintaining our collective bargaining gains and improving our working conditions. Each year, several training seminars are available for our delegates, staff members and Local Union officers.

The Teamsters Canada Education Department works closely with the Canadian Labour Congress, provincial labour Federations, Joint Councils and Local Unions to develop programs and offer training sessions that meet the requirements of today’s highly complex labour relations system. These programs cover a wide range of subjects or issues, such as collective bargaining, grievance procedures, interpreting collective agreements, health and safety, technological changes, sexual harassment and a host of others, including the role of women in the labour movement.

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International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers' apprenticeship and training system is widely recognized for producing highly skilled craftworkers. Through Local union programs and those offered through the International Masonry Institute, BAC members and contractors have access to training opportunities unmatched in the masonry industry.

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International Union of Elevator Constructors
International Union of Elevator Constructors Elevator Constructor apprentices are registered with the National Elevator Industry Education Program. This program of study requires five years to complete to take the mechanic examination. There are two more years of study to complete the program.

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International Union of Operating Engineers
International Union of Operating Engineers IUOE training programs are second to none. We have over one-thousand instructors, hundreds of facilities, classrooms, shops, and labs, and thousands of acres throughout the United States and Canada where apprentices and journey-level members hone or advance their skills. Our members have access to training on virtually every topic heavy equipment operators and stationary engineers need to become their very best.

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International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades All apprenticeship programs incorporate skills training with safety and health training. Apprentices are taught about the International Union of Painters and Allied Crafts (IUPAT) and how the union operates. All apprentices are paid and receive regular raises during the course of their apprenticeship. Sign and Display workers have a two-year apprenticeship, Painters, Drywall Finishers and Floor Coverers participate in a three-year apprenticeship, and Glaziers have a four year apprenticeship.

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Laborers' International Union of North America
Laborers' International Union of North America LIUNA training includes more than 50 different courses, opening the doors to new opportunity and advancement. Classes are available in every state in the U.S. and every province in Canada and provide valuable learning in skills such as hazardous materials remediation, remote tunneling, concrete work and an array of building construction skills.

Training helps employers compete with higher productivity and quality, and helps workers earn more and work more safely.

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Operative Plasterers' and Cement Masons' International Association of the United States and Canada
Operative Plasterers' and Cement Masons' International Association of the United States and Canada The system of apprenticeship was first developed in the later middle ages and came to be supervised by craft guilds and town governments. A master craftsman was entitled to employ young people as an inexpensive form of labor in exchange for providing formal training in the craft.

Today's apprenticeship training is managed by labor and management as equal partners, and it has evolved to meet the needs of modern construction industry. An apprentice in the OPCMIA will be taught the skills and knowledge of the trade through a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction. This two pronged approach to training permits a young person beginning their career to advance quickly while becoming an ever increasingly productive member of the crew.

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Sheet Metal Workers' International Association
Sheet Metal Workers' International Association The apprenticeship program for sheet metal workers combines on-the-job training with classroom instruction, which takes place at state-of-the art JATC owned facilities or in the vocational training departments of local school and/or community colleges. Each JATC program has its own computers, which allows the JATC to deliver training, monitor progress, and communicate with other apprenticeship programs through the International Training Institute (ITI) home page.

The apprenticeship program lasts four years, during which apprentices receive wages and benefits as well as top-of-the-line instruction at no cost! In the first and second year, apprentices learn about drafting, sheet metal tools, safety procedures, pattern layout and development as well as how mathematics applies to the trade. In the third year, apprentices work more on their own, and will learn how to install HVAC equipment, welding, hoisting and rigging, and retrofitting environmental systems. Finally, in the fourth year, apprentices learn about fine tuning HVAC systems and welding techniques. Of course, by the end of the fourth year apprentices attain journeyperson status!

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United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada
United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada The United Association has the first nationally registered joint apprenticeship program in the United States, dating back to 1936, and is now proudly entering its seventh decade.

Individuals who enter a United Association five-year apprenticeship program are part of a select group of men and women motivated to learn a complex and challenging trade while upholding the ideals of trade unionism.

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United Brotherhood of Carpenters
United Brotherhood of Carpenters The Carpenters' Union recognizes that an ongoing, robust commitment to apprenticeship training is the foundation for a successful future for our trade. More than a century ago, skilled journeymen would train members of their own families, mostly on the job, to produce quality work and uphold the standards of the trade. As the need for new construction grew, so too did the need for skilled tradespeople. Today, in addition to the true hands-on experience that is derived from on-the-job training, our educational facilities provide outstanding learning opportunities in the classroom as well.

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United Brotherhood of Carpenters Millwrights
United Brotherhood of Carpenters Millwrights TUBC millwrights are known throughout the United States and Canada as being the best trained and most well prepared for any project. Training is also done in both classroom and hands-on settings at training centers around the country.

Apprenticeships and skill-upgrade classes for journeymen expand skills and keep professionals on the cutting edge of innovations in materials and techniques. We offer customized training if a project needs it, and we provide training onsite, if that’s what it takes.

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