Careers and Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship Programs

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

Manufacturing Training and Apprenticeship Programs

Labor-Management Partnerships

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.

We combine forces to offer opportunities for working people in many other industries including health care, construction, manufacturing, hospitality and aerospace.

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 United Auto Workers 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.

Work With Us

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

Communications Fellow - Transportation Trades Department

National Field Director - Electoral, Issue & Mobilization Hub

Additional job openings in the labor movement.

Additional Opportunities

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 in 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 Research Summer School

The AFL-CIO Center for Strategic Research and the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations offer a week-long “bootcamp” in June conducted at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. It is geared towards training students and helping them get on unions’ hiring radar.

When: June 11-16, 2017
Where: Cornell University, Ithaca, New York