For Women

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I become an apprentice?

What are some of the challenges of working in the construction trades?

  • Construction work typically starts very early, so women with children will need to find reliable, morning childcare.
  • Construction jobs are physically and mentally demanding.
  • Year-round outdoor works is required in most jobs.
  • Less than 3% of all construction workers are women.

How much money will I make as an apprentice? How about as a journey level worker?
In the first year, hourly apprenticeship wages range from Minimum Wage to $30.46, and increase as you meet required milestones. Once you complete the program and become a journey level worker, you’ll earn as much as $48.75/hour.

Do I need a high school education to apply for an apprenticeship?
Most apprenticeships require a high school diploma or GED. Some also require additional basic skills. Pre-apprenticeship programs are available to help you gain skills you need to be accepted into a program.

How long will it take me to complete a program?
It varies by trade, but plan on spending two to four years as an apprentice. Apprenticeships have a minimum requirement of 2,000 hours of on-the-job experience and 144 hours of related technical instruction for each year of the apprenticeship.

How do I know if an apprenticeship is right for me?

Where can I get more information?
For general information about apprenticeships and women in the trades, visit our Resources and Support page. For information about applying for an apprenticeship program or other questions, contact a Labor & Industries apprenticeship consultant in your area.

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