'Earn as you learn,' trade employers recommend

The Oregon Laborers Training and Apprenticeship program partners with more than 250 employers around the state.

Posted: Oct 9, 2019 3:23 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – Trade employers want students right out of high school to know they can make a decent living without a college degree.

The Oregon Laborers Training and Apprenticeship program partners with more than 250 employers around the state.

Over the course of the two-year program, apprentices complete more than 400 hours of on-the-job training and attend a 40-hour class every three months.

When the program is finished, apprentices come out with the certifications needed for construction work.

“We try to tell people, ‘Earn as you learn.’ So if they start now, they’ll get paid for their on-the-job training,” said Ivan Castille with Oregon Labor Training and Apprenticeship.

Castille said an apprentice doesn’t need any prior experience other than a high school diploma. Applying is completely free on their website.

He also said apprentices start at $19.42 an hour after two years plus a $14.95 per month benefit package, which he said is health care for the whole family.

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