RCC Apprenticeship Programs
Apprenticeships in Oregon
What is a Registered Apprenticeship?
Registered Apprenticeship provides paid, relevant work experience, related classroom instruction, and state credentials employers’ value.
Apprenticeship offers many benefits:
- Gain practical skills and relevant training
- Obtain industry-aligned education
- Hands-on training in a high-skill, high-wage career pathway
- Receive higher wages and career advancement
- Increased pay as skills are acquired
- Ability to complete an AAS degree or Certificate by earning credits through required program classroom hours
- Incur minimal or no educational debt
Why Become an Apprentice?
- Local industry needs for skilled workers have increased and are expected to continue growing, creating even more opportunities for a rewarding career.
- Registered Apprenticeship provides occupational training that combines supervised paid on-the-job training experience with classroom instruction.
- Apprentices can gain work experience, college credit, industry certifications, and above-average wages.
- Apprentices are attractive to today’s employers because they learn the precise skills needed to help employers succeed.
- The local employment outlook is larger than any other trade across the state for all construction trades and is expected to grow at a faster rate than other careers.
By becoming an apprentice, you will learn the aspects of a highly skilled occupation through on-the-job training and related instruction during classroom hours. Your training and classroom instruction will go hand in hand, ensuring your understanding of the topics and concepts, while also mastering the practice. Classes are typically held in the evenings but are sometimes held during the day or on the weekends.
There is a lot of information available to inform your decision on which path you would like to take within the trades. There will be a lot of information as you move through the training program that you will be required to know and will be responsible for. There are many rules, regulations, and standards sanctioned by state and federal labor industries that you will have to adhere to, but we can help and are just a phone call or email away!
Being an apprentice is not an easy job, but the benefits are numerous and as you advance through your program and training it will become more and more apparent.
To make sure that you are able to continue advancing through all the terms of the program you will be completing a certain amount of on-the-job training hours and related classroom training. Advancement is referred to as “re-rate” after completing the correct amount of training and classroom hours and having a positive evaluation from your employer and instructor.
Time and dedication are key because apprenticeship programs are thousands of hours of on-the-job training and hundreds of hours of related classroom training.
The application process and minimum requirements for each program vary slightly depending on the program you would like to be an apprentice in. Typically, the minimum requirements for applying to a program are:
- At least 18 years of age
- High School Diploma or GED
- Completion of one year of high school algebra/integrated math 2 or equivalent post-high school algebra course(s) with grade “C” or better, or an equivalent post-high school placement test.
Please click the program on the right side of this webpage to explore the application process specific to your program of interest.
Applying for an apprenticeship can be a lengthy process and spots are limited.
For some programs, including the Sheet Metal, HVAC, and Inside Electrician, it is important to note that making the Applicant Pool List does not ensure instant employment. As requests for apprentices open, individuals from the Applicant Pool List will be contacted to start.
While waiting to be called to employment it is highly recommended to not quit a current job or turn down a job to maintain working status – we don’t want you to be without work!
It is also important to understand that the entire application, interview, and ranking processes are state and federally regulated and sanctioned by Oregon Labor Industries – RCC does not have input on these processes.
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
- Your Right to Equal Opportunity.
- It is against the law for a Sponsor of an apprenticeship program registered for Federal purposes to discriminate against an apprenticeship applicant or apprentice based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age (18 years or older), genetic information, or disability. The Sponsor must ensure equal opportunity with regard to all terms, conditions, and privileges associated with apprenticeship. If you think that you have been subjected to discrimination, you may file a complaint within 300 days from the date of the alleged discrimination or failure to follow the equal opportunity standards with Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, 800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 1045, Portland, OR 97232. You may also be able to file complaints directly with the EEOC, or State fair employment practices agency at the above location.
- Each complaint filed must be made in writing and include the following information: (a) Complainant’s name, address and telephone number, or other means for contacting the complainant; (b) The identity of the respondent (i.e. the name, address, and telephone number of the individual or entity that the complainant alleges is responsible for the discrimination); (c) A short description of the events that the complainant believes were discriminatory, including but not limited to when the events took place, what occurred, and why the complainant believes the actions were discriminatory (for example, because of his/her race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age (18 or older), genetic information, or disability); (d) The complainant’s signature or the signature of the complainant’s authorized representative.
Apprenticeship Program – Related Links
Program Support Specialist III
Email: [email protected]
Andie Anderson, MSW
Director of Apprenticeship
Email: [email protected]