ODOT BOLI Applicants

Applicant Guide

Build Your Future Build Oregon / Apprentice Guidance and Evaluation Services


Women and Minority pre-apprenticeship graduates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants {including graduates of an OSATC (Oregon State Apprenticeship Training Council) approved
pre-apprenticeship program and/or Qualified Applicants of a Local Joint Committee for carpenters, cement masons, ironworkers, laborers, and/or operating engineers in all five (5) ODOT regions}
who have been referred by a Work-Force Representative or by a Highway-related Apprenticeship Trade Representative will be eligible to receive the following services under the Build Your Future Build Oregon Program:

Build Oregon Apprenticeship Guidance and Evaluation Services:

  • Orientation and Career Counseling including screening for the qualifications needed for the five (5) highway trades (carpenter, cement mason, ironworker, laborer and operating engineer), and assistance to apply to apprenticeship in these trades.
  • Case Management. Applicants will need to complete the, “Intake and Minimum Qualifications Application.” This form will be provided to you and can be submitted via fax to 503.253.5412, or via email to Akana Heavy Highway Program. Following receipt of your application, you will be contacted by your Akana/Build Oregon Case Manager to schedule an interview. Your Case Manager will work closely with you towards achieving your career goals as an apprentice in the highway trades.
  • Guidance to connect Qualified Applicants with appropriate survival and/or gateway jobs that will improve your readiness for apprenticeship training.
  • Guidelines and Preparation for:
    • Interviews with Contractors and Prospective Employers
    • Apprenticeship Paperwork
    • Layoffs and Job Changes, including your next steps should they occur
  • Checklists and Resources for your highway trade of interest including:
    • Tools of the Trade
    • Work Clothing and Boots
    • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Financial Assistance for Qualified Applicants who are reasonably expected to be registered within six months in a carpenter, cement mason, iron worker, laborer, or operating engineer program and would not be able to accept a first apprenticeship job assignment without the assistance. The maximum amount provided for financial assistance shall be four hundred dollars ($400). Assistance shall be available for the following:
    • Specialized seminars or training not provided by union, apprenticeship program, or employer; training may be in technical subjects (First Aid/CPR, HazMat Training, CDL, OSHA 10 hour training etc.), personal and professional development, and/or pathways to the trades
    • Tools of the trade not provided by union, training program, or employer
    • Work related clothing, boots, or uniforms (including water proof jackets. Carhartt apparel, and boots appropriate for the trade; excluding blue jeans, t-shirts, sweatshirts, sneakers, and any other street apparel) not provided by union, training program, or employer
    • Repair of a vehicle required to report to work
  • Instruction in skills that will help new apprentices to sustain themselves, particularly during the first year of an apprenticeship.

If you think you are qualified for Apprentice Guidance and Evaluation Services, please have your Highway-related Apprenticeship Trade Representative contact Penny Painter with Akana at 503.253.5429 to find out about referring you to the Build Your Future Build Oregon Program.

10 way to research a trade

  1. Research at least 3 trades. This will give you an advantage if you need to change your plans after you have made a decision.
  2. Check out the different trades by visiting these websites:• Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI), Apprenticeship and Training Division, Construction TradesOregon Apprenticeship Construction Trade Locator and Career GuideAll state recognized apprenticeship programs in the State of Oregon are listed on the BOLI website.
  3. Contact apprenticeship programs for the trades you are considering and ask if they have a website address with information about their trade and the training they provide.
  4. Contact local training centers for the trades you are considering and ask if they have orientation sessions you can attend.
  5. Talk to others about the trades you are considering, especially workers in those trades. Use an informational interview process. This will help you remember the questions you want to ask. (An informational interview is a list of questions you prepare regarding the trade prior to the interview. We have some sample questions that you can use)
  6. Find books at the local library about the trades you are considering.
  7. Identify volunteer opportunities related to construction work. Get hands-on experience. Try different activities to see what you really like. Habitat for Humanity or REACH Community Development are good options for this.
  8. Identify pre-apprenticeship programs in your area. To find specific pre-apprenticeship programs, it is best to do a computer search for your area.Example: Pre-Apprenticeship Programs in Oregon >>> SearchExample: Pre-Apprenticeship Programs in Southern Oregon >>> Search
  9. Identify classes at a nearby community college that are related to the trades you are considering.
  10. Identify an entry level position related to the trade you are considering, such as material handling or working in a supplies/parts shop.

Choose your trade by the things you really like to do. Think about the type of work that you are passionate about. Consider the fact that you may spend years of your life learning and then practicing your trade. Understand that this is an investment. You will be investing yourself in your trade and your employers will be investing in you.

Make a good informed decision.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q. What is Apprenticeship?

    A. Apprenticeship is not just a job, but a career opportunity! It is occupational training that combines supervised on-the-job training experience with classroom instruction. Apprentices usually begin at half the salary of journey workers – those who have completed their training and have industry certification. Apprentices receive pay increases as they learn to perform more complex tasks. When they become journey workers, they increase their chances of finding a well-paying job in industry and may become supervisors or go into business for themselves. Apprenticeship committees, made up of employee and employer representatives from the specific industries, operate apprenticeship programs. Both state and federal government have a role in regulating apprenticeship programs.
  • Q. How do I apply for an apprenticeship program?

    A. Individual apprenticeship committees take applications for their program. They advertise that they are accepting applications through an opening announcement. Applicants can find apprenticeship opening announcements posted at Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries´ (BOLI) offices, local schools, community colleges, Oregon Employment Department offices, local newspapers and community organizations. Announcements contain the details about the application process. You can also click here to access Apprenticeship Opportunities Statewide.
  • Q. How long must I wait for a placement? A. The waiting period, from the date an application is filed to placement in an apprenticeship program, varies by industry. It can last from two weeks to two years. This is a competitive process and it´s not unusual for people to apply more than once. The apprenticeship committee reviews applications to make sure the applicants meet the minimum qualifications for the program. If an applicant is qualified, the application is ranked either by a test, an interview, an evaluation of past experience and education or a random drawing. The applicant is placed on a qualified list, called a pool of eligibles, in order of his/her ranking. If an applicant does not meet the minimum qualifications or if the application ranks low on the pool of eligibles, the applicant should contact the committee to find out what he/she can do to improve their chances and try again. Employers use the list to fill apprenticeship vacancies as they become available. Some committees allow direct entry into the program under certain circumstances. Information about a committee´s selection method is included on the opening announcement for the program.
  • Q. How long must I serve as an apprentice?

    A. Typically, apprenticeships last two to five years, depending on industry requirements.
  • Q. What occupations are available? A. There´s a wide range of occupations available, from corrections officer to heavy equipment operator. Not all programs are available in all parts of the state. The variety of available occupations depends on local industry needs.
  • Q. Can I expect steady work as an apprentice? A. An apprentice works about as much as the average industry worker does. And, like fellow workers, an apprentice may be subjected to industry layoffs. Most employers, however, make an effort to have the apprentice work as steadily as possible.
  • Q. How much pay does an apprentice receive? A. Although it varies from industry to industry, the average starting wage of an apprentice is about 50 percent of a journey workers rate of pay. Apprentices usually earn a five- percent raise every six months if training and school performance is satisfactory.
  • Q. Are apprentices required to attend school?A. Apprentices must attend related classroom training along with on-the-job-training experience. Most programs require approximately 144 hours of school per year. This usually works out to one or two evenings per week during the regular school year. Like other aspects of apprenticeship, the local committee determines the related training requirements according to industry standards. Apprentices can earn credit towards an associate degree at a community college for classroom hours or for the completion of an apprenticeship program.
  • 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.
  • Q. What are the minimum educational requirements for apprenticeship?

    A. Most apprenticeship programs require applicants to have a high school diploma or GED certificate. Some occupations require completion of specific subjects such as algebra, blueprint reading or related shop work.
  • Q. Who can apply for apprenticeship?A. Anyone who meets the apprenticeship committee´s qualifications may apply, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity.
  • Q. Who pays for the classroom training? A. It varies among different occupations, industries and employers. In some cases, apprentices pay the cost of related training. In other cases, industry pays training costs.
  • Q. What other costs must be paid by the apprentice? A. Costs vary depending on the program. It´s important for apprentices to have reliable transportation available in order to get to a job on time, travel from job site to job site or run errands associated with the job. Many programs require that apprentices have a basic tool kit and/or appropriate work clothes, work boots and safety equipment such as gloves or goggles. Some programs supply or pay for these requirements and others do not. It´s important to talk with the committee about the requirements, the costs to the apprentice and whether there is any financial help available.

Build Oregon staff will contact you with further information about available financial aid and support. Build Oregon staff will help you determine if you qualify to receive financial support from the State of Oregon.

  • Q. What are some of the career opportunities open to journey workers? A. Highly trained journey workers are sought by industry for well-paying jobs. Many journey workers advance to become supervisors or superintendents. Others, with additional years of advanced studies, go on to become technicians and engineers. There are many opportunities for advancement, depending on the abilities, attitudes and ambitions of the individual.
  • Q. Can training and education received during military service or prior work experience be credited towards apprenticeship requirements? A. Some apprenticeship committees give credit for prior training. Each committee should have a policy describing if and how credit for prior experience will be granted.
  • Q. Can I use veterans´ benefits as an apprentice? A. If eligible, an apprentice may use veterans´ benefits while registered in an apprenticeship program. Contact your local Veterans Administration office or call 1-888-442-4551 for more information. Additinally, eligible apprentices may contact their apprenticeship program directly or a local BOLI Apprenticeship and Training Division Office. Click here for BOLI contact information.
  • Q. How do I prepare for apprenticeship? A. Today´s competitive industries require employees, who are able to perform technical tasks, exercise good judgment and possess a strong work ethic. The importance of a well-rounded high school education cannot be over emphasized. A strong background in math and science is important. Good attendance is a necessity.
  • Q. How do I receive my on-the-job training? A. After registering as an apprentice, you´ll be assigned to an employer who is registered as a training agent with the committee. Such “training agents” have promised to provide the on-the-job training and supervision according to approved industry standards. The employer evaluates progress and makes recommendations to the apprenticeship committee regarding your advancement in the program.
  • Q. What is my relationship with the apprenticeship committee?A. As an apprentice, you make a registration agreement with your apprenticeship committee. The committee´s responsibility is to provide the opportunity for you to become a skilled journey worker in the occupation you´ve chosen. The committee must assure that you´re treated and evaluated fairly during your apprenticeship. The committee decides what employer you are assigned to, when you advance in the program and what rules and policies you must follow. You have the responsibility to fully participate in the apprenticeship program by working cooperatively with the training agent you´ve been assigned to, to complete all of your related training classes and to follow the committee´s rules and policies.