Construction workers often work outdoors and in physically demanding occupations. They are usually required to travel from one job site to another and must frequently travel out of their local area. Construction workers, while paid very well, are subject to layoffs, particularly in the winter months. It is important to be able to budget and prepare for potential periods of unemployment.
The apprentice selection process for construction trades establishes a "pool of eligible applicants" consisting of those applicants who have met the minimum qualifications for the program. The qualified applicants are ranked in order to determine where a person is placed on the pool´s list. Individuals are registered as an apprentice when the apprenticeship committee makes an assignment to a registered employer, called a training agent.
There are two common methods of selecting applicants for construction trades: ranking by points and random selection. Most committees use a point system to evaluate applications assigning points based on past education, work history and an oral interview. Another selection method is a random drawing. In this case, the apprenticeship committee holds a drawing that is conducted by an objective person who is not associated with the sponsor or the applicants. The ranking in the pool of eligibles is determined by the order in which applicants´ names are drawn.
The apprenticeship committee that sponsors the program determines the selection method to be used. The selection method must be fair and objective and must be approved by the Oregon State Apprenticeship and Training Council.
If you find a construction trade that interests you, contact the specific apprenticeship committee for more details about the occupation, when the committee may open for new applications and what selection method is used. If you have difficulty contacting a committee, call our Apprenticeship Information Office at 971-673-0760.
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