Frequently Asked Questions
Rhode Island Urban Apprenticeship Program
1. Q. What is Apprenticeship?
A. An Apprenticeship is not just a job, but a career path. It is occupational training that combines supervised on-the-job training experience with classroom instruction.
2. Q. What is the Rhode Island Urban Apprenticeship Program?
A. The Rhode Island Urban Apprenticeship Program (RIUAP) is a partnership between community, business and trade union organizations to produce a talent pipeline to meet the immediate and on-going employment requirements in the plumbing, welding, and pipefitting professional trades. Selected participants will take part in an integrated supportive services and pre-apprentice training curriculum that will prepare them for entry into a full-time apprenticeship program within the plumbing, pipefitting or steam-fitting trades.
3. Q. Who is the RIUAP Team?
A. Participating team members include UA-Local 51 Pipefitters and Plumbers Union, Progreso Latino, Urban Ventures, New Commons, and Mayforth Group. The program is funded through a grant from the Real Jobs Program at the Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training.
4. Q. How do I apply for a RIUAP apprenticeship program?
A. Interested applicants can attend one of two orientation sessions that will seek to enroll applicants in a “pre-apprenticeship” program. The pre-apprenticeship prepares applicants for all of the necessary education and training requirements necessary to enter a full-time apprenticeship program. The first orientation session will be held on Friday, March 17th, 2017 from 5:00-6:30 pm at the Local 51, 11 Hemingway Drive Riverside, RI. The second session will be held on Saturday, March 18th 2017 from 10:00- 11:30 am also at the Local 51, 11 Hemingway Drive Riverside, RI 02915.
5. Q. How long must I serve as an apprentice?
A. Typically, apprenticeships last five years, depending on industry requirements.
6. Q. How much pay does an apprentice receive?
A. Although it varies from industry to industry, the average hourly wage ranges from $14 to $28 per hour plus benefits. You can also earn college credits while you learn your trade.
7. Q. Are there age limits for apprentices?
A. Each industry establishes its own minimum age requirement, although the typical minimum age is 18. Except in very limited situations, there are no upper age limits on apprentices.
8. Q. What are the minimum educational requirements for apprenticeship?
A. The apprenticeship program requires applicants to have a high school diploma or GED certificate. Also required is 8th grade math skills and English speaking and reading skills.
9. Q. Who can apply for apprenticeship?
A. Anyone who meets the RIUAP qualifications may apply, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity. The program urges women & members of racial minority groups to apply.
10. Q. Who pays for the apprenticeship training?
A. Selected applicants in the pre-apprenticeship program will have the cost of related training paid for through the state grant and selected applicants for the apprenticeship program will have training and education costs paid by industry.