MBTU's 105th Convention Agenda

Apprenticeship: “The Other Four-Year Degree”

The union construction industry is dedicated to having the best trained and most highly qualified craftspeople in the industry. Training is a full-time commitment by our unions and contractors, funded to the tune of more than $55 million annually.

This investment in training helps raise standards throughout the construction industry, increases job site safety, and ensures that our work product continues to be the best in the world. Union contractors benefit because they are able to recruit high quality craftspeople. Project owners benefit because highly trained workers get the job done right the first time.

Union craftspeople learn their trade through state-of-the-art apprenticeship programs.

In fact, there are no self-taught craftspeople in our ranks. The Building Trades unions and their contractor partners operate more than 40 joint apprenticeship training centers joint apprenticeship training centers (JATCs) across Massachusetts, producing the most qualified craftspeople in the industry.

Union apprentices spend two to five years in the classroom and on-the-job training.

Challenging apprenticeship programs instill integrity, work ethic and pride in each and every union craftsperson. And, many apprentice programs offer college credit. Continuing education classes after apprenticeship ensure that union workers remain up-to-date with the latest technologies. These individuals possess skills unparalleled in the construction industry.

Pre-Apprenticeship Programs

If you don’t meet the requirements for apprenticeship training right now, or are
interested in a career in construction but not sure what trade you would like to
pursue, there are pre-apprenticeship programs that can help you qualify in less
than six months.


  • Building Pathways, Worcester-Fitchburg



Build A Life MA is a great resource for women looking to join the trades. Check out their website but more importantly, look at their calendar to see the next virtual or in-person “Tradeswomen Tuesday” where anyone can attend to ask questions to union tradeswomen and get real answers.

Visit BuildALifeMA.org to learn more.

Find your Local Apprenticeship Training Center on the map below!

Contact Us

Contact the Massachusetts Building Trades Unions

Not readable? Change text. captcha txt