NYS Building & Construction Trades Council & Workforce Development Institute, WDI Named Apprenticeship Ambassadors by US DOL

Benefits of Unionized Apprenticeships

Being in a unionized apprenticeship program in one of the NYS Building and Construction Trades unions can offer several benefits to individuals pursuing a career in the construction industry.

Structured Training:

Unionized apprenticeships provide a structured and comprehensive training program. You will receive formal instruction in the classroom and practical, on-the-job training. This helps you develop a well-rounded skill set that is essential in the construction industry.

Quality Education:

Union apprenticeship programs provide high-quality training. Instructors are skilled, experienced professionals who are committed to ensuring that apprentices receive the best education possible.


Safety is a top priority in unionized construction trades. Apprenticeship programs emphasize safety training, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries on the job.

Fair Wages:

Union apprenticeships offer competitive wages from day one, which increase as you progress through the program and gain experience. Unionized workers also tend to have better benefits, including health insurance, and retirement plans.

Job Security:

Being a member of a union provides a sense of job security. Unions often negotiate employment contracts that include provisions for job protection, which can be especially important in the fluctuating construction industry.


Joining a union gives you the opportunity to network with experienced professionals in your trade. This can open doors to future job opportunities and career advancement.

Apprenticeship Support:

Union apprenticeships have strong support systems in place, providing you access to resources, guidance, and mentorship from experienced workers and union representatives.

Career Advancement:

Once you complete your apprenticeship, you have the opportunity to become a journeyman or journeywoman in your trade. This means you can earn higher wages and take on more responsibilities.

Collective Bargaining Power:

Unions negotiate on behalf of their members, advocating for fair wages, benefits, and working conditions. As a union member, you have a say in these negotiations and can benefit from collective bargaining power.

Continuing Education:

Union apprenticeship programs offer ongoing education and training opportunities, allowing you to stay up-to-date with industry advancements and potentially specialize in a particular area of construction.

A Lifelong Commitment:

Careers in the unionized trades represent a lifelong commitment from the union to you, beginning with your apprenticeship, throughout your career as a tradesperson, and into your retirement. This commitment extends not just to your training, safety, and livelihood, but also to your family and your community. This truly sets the unionized trades apart from other careers.

Before joining a union apprenticeship program, research and understand the specific requirements and benefits associated with the trade and location you are interested in.

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