Apprenticeship programs integrate systematic on-the-job training, guided by an experienced master-level practitioner in an occupation, with classroom instruction. The federal government, in cooperation with the states, registers apprenticeship programs that meet federal and state standards. The best programs—which provide multiple industries with highly skilled workers who earn family-sustaining wages—are registered with government agencies, operated by sponsors representing labor and management organizations and funded through collectively bargained contributions to tax-exempt trust funds.
Building and Construction Trades Apprenticeship Programs
- Painters and Allied Trades Finishing Trades Institute
- Heat and Frost Insulators
- Boilermakers National Joint Apprenticeship Program
- Electrical Workers/National Electrical Contractors Association National Joint Apprenticeship Council
- Bricklayers Masonry Institute
- Elevator Constructors National Elevator Industry Educational Program
- Plasterers and Cement Masons
- The Sheet Metal Workers International Training Institute
- Plumbers and Pipe Fitters
- United Union of Roofers and Waterproofers
- Operating Engineers
Manufacturing Training and Apprenticeship Programs
- Machinists (IAM) Apprenticeship
- UAW Apprenticeships
- UNITE HERE! Local 11 Hospitality Training Academy
- USW Apprenticeship
By partnering with employers, unions help working people develop in-demand skills to power the next generation of American-led innovation.
Joint labor-management training programs in the building and construction industry contribute about $1.5 billion to the American economy every year.
The Alliance for Employee Growth and Development is a partnership with the Communication Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
The USW Institute for Career Development pursues the goal to help every worker attain his or her full potential, both as an employee and as a human being, in the competitive and challenging environment that lies ahead.
The UAW alliances with Ford and GM drive innovation in labor-management relations, improve the lives of union members, and propel the auto industry into a pattern of profitable growth for the 21st century.
The Kaiser Permanente Labor Management Partnership covers 115,000 union-represented workers, 14,000 managers and 19,000 physicians.
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We are a diverse and powerful coalition of unions committed to a better life for working people. If you believe in justice and equality, then a career in the labor movement is right for you. Here are some job opportunities to use your skills to give people a voice at work. Join us in the fight for living wages and worker’s rights.
Current Job Openings
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- Communications - Director of Speechwriting and Publications
- Communications - Internal Communications Specialist
- Communications - Senior Editorial and Speechwriter
- Political, Electoral and Issues Mobilization - National Campaign Manager
- Political, Electoral and Issues Mobilization - Regional Field Director
- Political, Electoral and Issues Mobilization - Senior Field Representative (5 positions)
Become a Union Organizer
Union organizers are on the front lines of activism, building power while engaging in the important social and economic issues facing working families. Organizers are a resource for working people who are interested in forming a union. The Organizing Institute develops and promotes the craft of organizing. We recruit and train new organizers; collaborate in solidarity with community allies; and share innovations and strategic campaigns for social justice.
Become a Strategic Researcher
Strategic corporate researchers work for labor unions, environmental justice groups and community-based organizations. Strategic researchers provide insights on corporate ownership, finances, organizational structure and connections and help progressive organizations understand the sources of corporate power.
Strategic Corporate Research Summer School
Sponsored by the AFL-CIO and Cornell University, the Strategic Corporate Research Summer School is designed for those who want to help hold corporations accountable by working as researchers in unions and social change organizations.
The course offers a regular track and an advanced track with an additional research and writing requirement. It is open to individuals applying on their own and to individuals sponsored by unions and other organizations. Partial scholarships are available to non-sponsored individuals who opt for the advanced track. Inquire if interested in obtaining course credit.