Bricklayers Local 56 of Illinois Apprenticeship & Training Program
400 Gunderson Drive
Carol Stream, IL 60188
Phone (630) 653-5920
A Bricklayer lays brick, stone, structural tile, marble, concrete block, and any other masonry materials to build or repair walls, partitions, fireplaces, sewers, and other structures. Bricklayers also install firebrick linings in industrial furnaces.
- Must be at least 17 years old.
- Must possess a high school diploma or GED certificate.
- Must have a valid driver's license.
- Must have own transportation
- Must show a birth certificate.
How to Apply
- Complete the application form and return to an AIC representative in an IDES office nearest you. When you apply you will need to fill out their application. Call before going to pick up an application.
- Complete application at the office. Applications available Mon.- Fri. from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- $20.00 non-refundable application fee. (Cash or money order only)
- Submit the required materials.
- Applicant MUST be employed by a signatory contractor before being accepted into the program. For those individuals that are not employed by a signatory contractor a list of signatory contractors will be provided at the Bricklayer's office.
- Apprentice Initiation fee and three months union dues are due within 30 working days of being accepted in the program.
- Must not be afraid of heights.
- Must have good work habits.
- Must be able to lift 50 - 85 pounds.
Recommended Preparatory Classes
- Drafting, shop, and any classes related to construction.
(Helpful but not necessary for acceptance)
- Experience working with your hands or with general construction is useful.
- Bricklayers spend the majority of time working outdoors in all types of weather conditions.
Length of Apprenticeship
- Three (3) years - Minimum of 4,200 hours of on-the-job training.
- Apprentices work five days a week receiving on-the-job training.
- Apprentices attend school every Saturday from September - May for all three years of the program.
- 1st 6 months 50% of journeyman's wage
- 6 months - 1 year 60% of journeyman's wage
- 1 year - 1 1/2 years 70% of journeyman's wage
- 1 1/2 years - 2 years 80% of journeyman's wage
- 2 years - 2 1/2 years 90% of journeyman's wage
- 2 1/2 years - 3 years 95% of journeyman's wage
- Completion of 3 years 100 % of journeyman's wage
- Average Journeyman's wage rate = $29.30/Hr. (06/01)
- Health Insurance, Pension, Annuity