Must be 18 years of age or older-Have a high school education
One year of high school algebra in some cases
Achieve a specific qualifying score on an aptitude test in some cases
Must pass a drug test
A large percentage of those attempting to become an apprentice do not make it past the 1st year. During the first 12 months, our instructors are looking for the best. They need to see your commitment to craftsmanship and ambition. We only want the best, because that is what our members and employers expect. Our Signatory Partners require each member to bring their heart and a clear head to work every day. They must conduct themselves in a manner which respects the organization and the membership they represent. Each and every construction craftsman is proud to say they are a part of the membership of The Houston Gulf Coast Building and Construction Trades Council!
Now, before anyone submits an application to become an apprentice, each individual MUST ask him or herself - "Am I looking for a job, OR do I want a career?" This may seem like semantical mumbo jumbo, but the Houston Gulf Coast Building and Construction Trades Council is in search of people with a strong passion and love for their occupation. There will be days our apprentices will question WHY they chose to dedicate their future to this occupation. Is it simply for a pay check? They will likely not make it through the years required to become a Journeyman.
Today, the Houston Gulf Coast Building and Construction Trades Council Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee and Signatory Partners own the country's leading professional construction training program, offering its students the most comprehensive and diverse education, coupled with a state of the art training facilities. One of the unique aspects of the Joint Apprenticeship Training school is that each student “earns while they learn”. Each apprentice has a job by day and attends school at night. The Houston Gulf Coast Building and Construction Trades Council believes that an important part of any effective training program is to take lessons learned in the training facility and apply them to the real world.
The Houston Gulf Coast Building and Construction Trades Council and Signatory Partners recognized an exceptionally trained and skilled workforce would be critically important for the future success of the commercial and industrial construction trade. Having a well-educated labor force of construction workers which understands the many aspects of their trade provides customers a much needed value. So, the National Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee was born.