How our Apprenticeship Works
The Western Missouri and Kansas Laborers Apprenticeship is a letter of intent program which means any new apprentice coming into our program has to provide us with a letter of intent to hire provided by the hiring contractor. If a person wants to work as a Laborer in our industry he or she will need to make application to our program at any of our designated apprenticeship application locations. To make application 3 things will be needed at the time the person applies, a birth certificate, a social security card and proof that they have successfully completed 12th grade (high school diploma, GED or transcripts are accepted)
When a person applies they will be asked to fill out an application and be provided with a letter of introduction and a list of signatory contractors. At that point in the process we expect the applicant to show us they want to become a Construction Craft Laborer by going out and seeking employment from a signatory union contractor. This process does two things, it shows us the applicant is dedicated enough to find their first job and provides the contractor a chance to interview and choose their own apprentice to train in the specifics of their particular niche of our industry.
After the applicant obtains the letter of intent and is accepted into the apprenticeship the Apprentice will be required to attend a 40 hour class approximately once every 3 months at one of our local Training Centers. The classes run from Monday to Thursday 10 hours a day. The Apprentice does not get paid while in class so we encourage them to plan their finances accordingly.
Apprenticeship is a partnership in training between Contractors and Organized Labor that provides the Apprentice with a career and helps Unions and Contractors replenish an aging workforce with well trained, productive, safety conscious help. Apprenticeship has worked to the benefit of all parties involved for many years and with your help and cooperation it will continue to benefit our industry for many more.
|NEW - Online Application (January 2018)
Apprenticeship Program Application
As of January 2018 we are now accepting Apprenticeship Application online here through our website. It is important to note that ALL QUESTIONS on the Application MUST BE Answered to complete the application process.
The Application Process IS NOT complete until the applicant brings these necessary documents to one of the locations listed below in the Where and When Do I Apply section.
These documents include: Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, and copy of High School Diploma or GED.
|Where and When Do I Apply?
We take applications at the following locations:
Kansas City, Kansas
8944 Kaw Drive
Kansas City, KS 66111
Tuesday and Thursday from 8 AM till 10 AM
21201 S. Mullen Rd.
Belton, MO 64012
Mondays ONLY from 10 AM till 2 PM
St. Mary's Kansas
905 E. Jesuit Lane
St. Mary's, KS 66536
Monday thru Friday 8 AM till 4 PM
Laborers' Local 319: 2001 Empire, Joplin, MO 64804
Laborers' Local 579: 1203 N. 6th Street, St. Joseph, MO 64501
Laborers' Local 663: 505 S. Walnut, Clever, MO 65631
Laborers' Local 1290: 365 Cain Dr., Haysville, KS 67060
Mondays ONLY from 10 AM till 2 PM
|Apprenticeship Program Details
What do I need to bring with me?
You will need a copy of your birth certificate, SS card, and either a diploma, a high school transcript, showing successful completion of the 12th grade or a GED. If you are a Veteran a copy of your DD214 will also be required. Without these documents you will not be allowed to fill out the application No Exceptions.
How long is the apprenticeship?
The apprenticeship program is approximately 3 years long. You must complete 4800 hours of on the job and 492 hours of class room training.
When do I start classes?
You will start your classes approximately 3 months after you receive your letter of intent to hire from your employer. You will attend one 40 hour class per quarter. However if you are working in the Kansas City Missouri area you will be scheduled to take the O.S.H.A. 10 hour class with in 60 days.
How much will I make?
Apprentices start out at 50% of the journeyman scale for the area they are employed and wages are discussed at time of application and not over the phone. Wage increases are based on O.J.T. hours, Class room training hours and Union meeting attendance.
What Happens after I fill out the application?
After completing the application, each applicant is provided with a letter of introduction and a list of participating contractors for use when soliciting jobs with contractors.
Once the applicant finds a contractor who will hire him/her:
1. The Contractor will provide a Letter of Intent to Hire on the contractors stationery stating that the contractor is hiring that person as a Laborer Apprentice and the location of the job site.
2. The applicant will then bring this letter to the location were they completed the initial application.
3. The Apprentice will then be directed to the local union hall who has the jurisdiction over the area they will be working in. The new Apprentice will make arrangements to join that local then be put to work by the contractor. The new Apprentice must then complete 4800 hours of on the job training and 492 hours of classroom training. Upon completion of these requirements they will be advanced to Journeyman status.
4. Apprentices start out at 50% of Journeyman scale.
5. We do require drug testing prior to work. Our program also promotes a drug free work site.
What are the hours of Training?
All training classes start at 7 AM and run until 5:00 PM with the exception of environmental refresher classes they start at 8 AM.
Page Last Updated: Jan 25, 2018 (14:16:00)