Work | Earn | Learn

“Apprentice” is a very old word derived from the French verb, apprende meaning “to learn.” An apprentice learns an art or a trade through practical experience under guidance of a skilled craftsman.

As an apprentice, attitude and work ethic are just as important as strong, technical skills. You should always come to work and class eager and willing to learn, work hard, follow safe and health-oriented work practices, and be responsible. Remember: employers keep workers they can count on. Being dependable and professional go a long way toward achieving success.

Program Perks
Work & Learn

As an apprentice, you learn by working on real-world construction projects under the supervision of an experienced craftsman, known as a journeyman, and are credited with time spent on the job. Apprentices find jobs through job call, by seeking a job, or by rehire. See “Pay & Benefits,” on this page for more detail.

At the same time, you will attend classes at the University of Hawaii’s community colleges, our Training Center, or other designated training locations. Subjects include:
  • Layouts
  • Form Building
  • Rough Framing
  • Outside Finishing
  • Other trade skills
  • Drywall hanging and framing
  • Lathing
  • Acoustic and ceiling systems
  • Application of insulation and fireproofing
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering Science
  • Industrial Electronics
  • Electrical Trade Theory
  • Fitting and Machining

Apprentices must satisfactorily complete a combined 8,000 hours of on-the-job training and classroom instruction. You will be credited for: 1) every hour of work you perform, and 2) every hour of classroom learning you attend.

Pay & Benefits

General benefits are based on time worked and include medical and dental insurance, temporary disability insurance, pension credit, vision care, prescription drugs, life insurance, a legal plan, training and workshops on life skills such as wellness and retirement planning.

Apprentices have no paid sick or vacation leave, and holidays are unpaid. However, employers regularly pay into the Vacation & Holiday Fund (based on time worked), which you may use twice a year for personal use.

Apprentices find jobs through job call, by seeking a job, or by rehire.

Job Call
As an indentured member of the Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters, an apprentice is eligible to be called for jobs from the union. For example, when a contractor requests manpower, those who are on the list of available workers will be assigned on a first-on, first-out basis.

Seek a Job
An apprentice can seek a job from a contractor. The contractor must be a member of one of the trade organizations participating in the Hawaii Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Fund program.

If an apprentice worked for a company but was laid off, he/she may be rehired at the request of the company within a five-year period.

  • Get paid by the company or contractor employing you, according to provisions of the current collective bargaining agreement
  • For every 1,000 hours worked, earn a raise
  • The more time worked, the quicker you will reach your goal
  • Fringe benefits are negotiated by the union and administered by a private company
  • You receive benefits based on time worked
  • Medical benefits begin immediately and increase quarterly
  • Benefits (including pension credit) increase as more work and classroom hours are accumulated

Note: This is only a summary of pay and benefits information. Contact HCATF for more details. Official documents regarding pay and benefits supersede any statements contained on this website.

Qualify & Apply
General Requirements