• Applicants are required to complete an application at the local union hall and they must present a valid driver's license at that time.
• Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
• Applicants are required to take an aptitude test. 
• Applicants are required to attend an orientation session before taking the aptitude test.
• Applicants must be physically capable of performing the work of the trade.

Screening and Selection:

Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements based on the aptitude test will be placed on a list.

Term Apprenticeship:

The apprenticeship program is designed to achieve journeyman status in approximately two years, depending upon completion of:

• minimum of 4000 hours of on-the-job training which reflects a broad base of experience covering the various aspects of the Laborers’ craft, and,
• a minimum of 296 hours or related classroom instruction in technical and theoretical subjects to supplement and reinforce on-the-job training.

Apprentices shall be subject to a probationary period of 500 hours.

The Laborers’ District Council of Eastern Pennsylvania Joint Education and Training Fund as sell as the Apprenticeship Committee operate without discrimination because of race, color, religion, disability, national origin, or sex.

The Program

Training Sessions:

Training is schedule for one week every quarter. Check current training schedule to find available sites in your area.

Official Recognition

On July 6, 1994, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training approved Laborers-AGC’s National Apprenticeship Standards for the Construction Craft Laborer occupation. After this accomplishment, the Laborers’ District Council of Eastern Pennsylvania applied and was approved the first Laborers’ Apprentice Program from the Pennsylvania Apprenticeship and Training Council on May 11, 1995. This is important because the laborer occupation is now considered to be an apprenticeable craft.

Apprentices’ Wages:

Apprentices will be paid in accordance with the number of on-the-job hours accumulated as shown in the following schedule, as a percentage of the journey-worker rate of pay, classroom attendance must also be current to receive wage advances. 

Hours Worked Rate
Upon Graduation

For more information, please phone or write:
Laborers’ District Council of Eastern Pennsylvania Education and Training Fund
6740 Allentown Blvd., Ste. #2
Harrisburg, PA  17112-3883
Local 717-671-9878 or

The Laborers’ Advantage

The union laborer has the role of support to other trades and responsibility to perform work in utility, heavy/highway, general building and environmental areas of construction, one stands a greater chance of achieving a continuing work situation. There are multiple training locations, where classroom training is conducted a selection of training locations shall be made for the convenience of the majority.

Related Instruction

Related classroom training, designed to supplement on-the-job training will include, but not be limited to the following subjects.

- Safety Orientation
- Hazard Communications
- First-Aid and CPR
- OSHA Construction Outreach
- General Construction Skills
- Concrete Placement
- Asphalt Placement
- Mason Tending
- Rough Terrain Forklift
- Asbestos Abatement Awareness
- Hazardous Waste Remediation
- Lead Abatement Awareness
- Pipe Laying
- Trench Protection
- Unit Loader Operations
- Construction Line and Grade
- Nuclear Power Plant Worker

On-the-job Training provided by the union contractor during the term of apprenticeship will be provided to each apprentice in various facets of the laborers’ craft as follows:

General Skills mastered 1600 hours

- Site project preparation and maintenance
- Tools, equipment, and materials
- Safety aspects and hazards recognition

Specific Skills experience 2400 hours

- Environmental remediation
- Building construction
- Heavy/highway construction
- Utility maintenance

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