IDES - Apprenticeship




National Apprenticeship Week – November 14-20, 2016

IDES’ Apprenticeship Information Center Program (AIC), in conjunction with the federal ApprenticeshipUSA Initiative, provides assistance for apprenticesh​ip candidates.  Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation. Apprenticeship programs can be sponsored by individual employers, joint employer and labor groups, and/or employer associations.


ApprenticeshipUSA offers opportunities to earn a salary while learning the skills necessary to succeed in high-demand careers. ApprenticeshipUSA exemplifies high standards, instructional rigor and quality training. If you are a worker looking for a new career in a well-paying occupation, ApprenticeshipUSA will help you achieve your goals.  


     IDES supports non-trade union apprenticeship opportunities by partnering with ABC of Illinois (Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc).

     IDES supports Chicagoland trade union apprenticeship opportunities by partnering with CISCO (Construction Industry Service Corporation) as well as individual trade unions statewide (see list of trade occupations below) to provide training opportunities for apprenticeship candidates seeking trade union positions.

     IDES further seeks to establish and support new apprenticeship opportunities, such as pre-apprenticeship (e.g. Chicago Women In Trades), as established by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which includes the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in coordination with the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS), working diligently to ensure that states, local areas, other grantees, and stakeholders work together to promote ApprenticeshipUSA. 

     IDES supports the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO’s) Illinois workNet Center and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) in the steps they are taking in developing new apprenticeship opportunities in conjunction with Illinois High School Districts.  This Program is called Illinois Pathways, an innovative State of Illinois-led STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiative designed to empower students to explore academic and career interests, develop skills, and access employment in careers in sectors where there will be a demand for talent.




Apprenticeships offer:


     Many growing job opportunities:  During the next 10 to 15 years, the number of construction-related jobs in Illinois is expected to grow at a very healthy pace.

     Good wages:  Apprentices earn about half the going trade person’s wage to start.  Pay is gradually increased over the length of the apprenticeship period, until training is completed and the trainee graduates to full trade person status.  This Learn More Earn More labor market information link shows occupational wages and salaries for several different occupations, including trades, to give you an idea of what the jobs pay at starting and experience levels.

     Long-term, on-the-job-training:  Most apprenticeships take three to five years to complete.  The typical program includes 2,000 hours of on-the-job training plus at least 144 hours per year of related classroom instruction.


To apply:

    Print this apprenticeship application 

    Fill out completely and scan/e-mail or fax it back to IDES so we may refer you (details on the form),

    Then select the apprenticeship trade(s) you are interested in by contacting them directly or by filling out their application form online if accessible.  Scroll down to the alphabetical list of links below to access the Website(s) that is/are closest to your home for:  apprenticeship training & contact information, description of duties, geographical location and specific requirements for applying.

Veterans are encouraged to apply directly below as well.


ABC of Illinois Apprenticeship Program


The Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. (ABC Illinois Chapter) provides formal apprenticeship training programs that are registered with the US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship.  These programs meet all federal and state requirements for formal apprenticeship and prevailing wage work including employer sponsored classroom instruction and on-the-job training.  Upon successful completion, craft workers are recognized at the journeyman level in their trades and are awarded their apprenticeship certificates.​


Other Useful Links:

​Click on each Occupational Link below that you are interested in to learn more about apprenticeship opportunities and how to apply:


Architectural Iron Worker (Broadview) Local #163


Boilermaker (Chicago) Local #1


Boilermakers (Belleville) Local #363


Boilermakers (Morton) Local #60


Bricklayer (Addison) District Council Training Center


Bricklayers (Belleville) Local #8


Bricklayers (Rockford) Local #6


Carpenters (Alton/Wood River) Local #664


Carpenters (District Council of Greater St. Louis and Vicinity)


Carpenters (Litchfield) Local #270


Carpenters (Pekin) Mid-Central Illinois Regional Council of Carpenters


Carpenters East St. Louis (Belleville) Local #662


Carpentry (Elk Grove Village)


Cement Mason (Bellwood) Local #502


Cement Mason (East Peoria) Local #18


Cement Mason (McHenry) Local #11


Ceramic Tile Layer (Aurora) CTCAC


Construction Driver (Joliet) Council # 25


Drywall Finisher (Berkeley)


Electrician (Alsip) Local #134


Electrician (Alton) Local #649


Electrician (Aurora) Local #461


Electrician (Collinsville) Local #309


Electrician (Decatur) Local #146


Electrician (Elgin) Local #117


Electrician (Joliet) Local #176


Electrician (Libertyville) Local #150


Electrician (Lisle) Local #102


Electrician (Moline) Local #145


Electrician (Peoria) Local 34

Electrician (Springfield) Local #193


Electrician (Warrenville) Local #701


Electrician (West Frankfort) Local #702


Elevator Constructors (Chicago Ridge) Local #2


Elevator Constructors (Peoria) Local 55


Elevator Constructors (St. Louis) Local #3


Floor Layers (Belleville) Local #1310


Glazier (Lyons) Local 27


Glaziers (St. Louis) Local #513


Heat & Frost Insulator (Tinley Park) Local #17


Insulators & Asbestos Workers (Bridgeton, MO) Local #1


Iron Worker (Aurora) Local #393


Iron Worker (Forest Park) Local #1


Iron Worker (Rockford) Local #498


Iron Workers (East St. Louis) Local #392


Iron Workers (Rock Island) Local #111


Iron Workers (East Peoria) Local #112


Iron Workers (Springfield) Local #46


Laborer / Construction (Carol Stream) CLDC


Laborers (Alton - Godfrey) Local #218


Laborers (Belleville) Local #459


Laborers (Carlyle) Local #581


Laborers (Collinsville) Local #44


Laborers (Columbia – Waterloo) Local #196


Laborers (East St. Louis) Local #100


Laborers (Edwardsville - Granite City) Local #397


Laborers (Greenville) Local #622


Laborers (Hillsboro) Local #1084


Laborers (Mt. Sterling)


Laborers (Mascoutah) Local #742


Laborers (O’Fallon) Local #670


Laborers (Swansea) 12 Counties SW Illinois DC


Laborers (Wood River) Local #338


Machinery Movers & Riggers (Broadview) Local #136


Millwrights (Lincoln) Local #1051


Millwrights (St. Louis) Local #716


Non-Union Apprenticeship ProgramsPrograms for Non-Union Apprenticeship:   /  Training Schedule:


Operating Engineers (Granite City) Local #520


Operating Engineers (Peoria) Local #649


Operating Engineers (Wilmington - Countryside) Local #150


Painter/Decorator (Berkeley)


Painter/Drywall Finisher (Aurora) DC #30


Painters (Peoria) Local #157


Painters (Collinsville) D.C. #58


Pipefitter (Chicago) Local #597


Plasterers (Woodstock) Local #11


Plasterers (Rock Island) Local #18


Plasterers & Cement Masons (Harrisburg) Local #143


Plasterers & Cement Masons (Troy) Local #90


Plumber (East Peoria) Local #63


Plumber & Pipefitters (Mokena)


Plumber (Chicago) Local #130


Plumber (Volo) Local #93


Plumbers & Gasfitters (Collinsville) Local #360


Plumbers & Pipefitters (Belleville) Local #101


Plumbers & Pipefitters (Murphysboro) Local #160


Plumbers & Pipefitters (Rock Island) Local #25


Plumbers & Pipefitters (St. Louis) Local #553


Riggers (Broadview) Local #136


Roofer & Waterproofer (Indian Head Park / Joliet)


Roofers (Peoria) Local #69


Roofers (St. Louis) Local #2


Sheet Metal Worker (Bellwood) Local #73


Sheet Metal Worker (Carol Stream) Local #265


Sheet Metal Workers (Caseyville) Local #268


Sheet Metal Workers (Morton) Local #1


Sign Painters (Chicago) DC #14


Sprinkler Fitter (Alsip) Local #281


Sprinkler Fitters (Normal) Local #669


Sprinkler Fitters (St. Louis) Local #268


Steamfitters (Peoria) Local #353


Steel Erectors (Elmhurst)


Teamster (Joliet) Council #25


Teamsters (Alton) Local #525


Teamsters (Belleville) Local #50


Technical Engineer (Chicago) Local #130


Tile Finisher (Aurora)


Tool & Die (Schaumburg)


Tuckpointer (Addison)