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Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship

A pre-apprenticeship program will prepare you to begin and succeed in an apprenticeship within a particular industry or trade. An apprenticeship program allows you the opportunity to earn income while combining both classroom and on-the-job training.

What is a pre-apprenticeship?

A pre-apprenticeship program will prepare you to begin and succeed in an apprenticeship within a particular industry or trade. It often has an established partnership with an apprenticeship program. It may also partner with educational institutions to provide academic training as well as job training.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship program allows you the opportunity to earn income (usually 40-50% less than a skilled worker) while combining classroom and on-the-job training (lasting from three to six years). Throughout the apprenticeship, you learn the skills of the trade by working beside an experienced journeyperson. There are 800 recognized apprenticeship occupations in the service, manufacturing, construction, public administration, retail trade, transportation, and utilities industries. Examples of these occupations include barbers, electricians, firefighters, machinists, automotive technicians, and those in the construction trades.

How can participating in a pre-apprenticeship or apprenticeship program help me?

Pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs offer another pathway to career success. By participating in one of these programs, you can:

  • explore careers
  • prepare for future job success
  • learn valuable skills in high-demand occupations
  • earn an income while you learn

Where can I find out about pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs?

California has strong apprenticeship programs. The following websites provide information about apprenticeship opportunities

The following websites allow you to search for apprenticeship programs by geographic area and industry:

What are the requirements for a pre-apprenticeship or apprenticeship program?

The specific requirements will vary according to the program you choose, but may include the following:

  • at least 18 years of age,
  • valid Social Security number,
  • driver’s license (How to Get a CA Driver’s License),
  • transportation,
  • high school diploma or equivalent,
  • math and communication skills

What pre-apprenticeship programs are offered in the South Bay?

Several schools in the South Bay Consortium for Adult Education offer pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs.

  • Mission College partners with multiple organizations with more being added:

High Tech Apprenticeship (Silicon Valley Technical Apprenticeship Pathway)

Program designed to assist businesses to develop their own talent through classroom and on-the-job training. This program builds the competencies in all facets of IT allowing companies to meet the challenges for tomorrow’s IT workforce. This includes Network Administration, Enterprise Security, IT Storage Software QA, and Virtualization.

Valley Transportation Agency (VTA) Transit Authority Apprenticeship

New and incumbent worker training in the exciting fields of advanced transportation offered locally.

Pacific Gas & Electric Power Pathways

Gas Construction Pre-apprenticeship is offering at Mission College for a 9-week boot camp in partnership with PG&E and Work2future city of San Jose.

How to apply:

  1. Complete application form for program.
  2. Await notification from us.
  3. Attend orientation as scheduled.
  4. Complete assessment/testing.
  5. Attend Work Readiness Training.
  6. Attend company orientation.
  7. Candidates’ selection and notification in writing (letter form).
  • San José City College offers an Electrician Trainee Course as an Approved Electrician Trainee Whole Curriculum Provider.

How to Apply

  1. Fill out and submit an Application for Admission at San Jose City College online
  2. Take placement test at SJCC through the Assessment Center. Appointments may be scheduled online. If you test out of Basic Math 310 you can go into Math 13.
  3. You must be an approved apprentice through the Department of Apprenticeship Standards. Download state applicationhere
  4. SJCC school number is #146.
  5. Journeyperson Electricians need 16 or 32 educational hours to keep a certificate current.
  • San José City College offers an Accredited Ironworker Apprenticeship Program in collaboration with International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Ironworkers, Local 377. This apprenticeship offers:
    • the opportunity to learn a trade in the most respected craft of the building and construction trades.
    • the opportunity to become a member of the Bridge , Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Ironworkers.
    • the opportunity to earn Journeyperson status which is recognized throughout the United States and Canada. This Journeyperson status is security for you and your family for life.
    • the advantage of a fair and reasonable wage and fringe benefits such as health and welfare, pension, annuity and vacation plans.
    • the opportunity to earn while you learn, working on the job alongside Journeymen. In addition you will attend classes of related and supplemental instruction, approximately 200 hours per year for (4) four years.
    • starting wages for Ironworker Apprentices of 50% of a Journeypersons’ wage. As an apprentice accumulates an established number of on-the-job hours plus related and supplemental instruction hours, wages are increased twice a year. Graduating apprentices attain Journeyman status and receive full pay for the skills they have learned.

In order to apply, you must have these minimum qualifications:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Drivers license
  • Transportation
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Social Security Number

How to Apply

  1. Complete Application*
  2. Job Dispatch triggers employment and Apprenticeship
  3. Attend Classes (7) Saturdays – Orientation
  4. Complete College Application – Courses Listed

*You must apply in person. Applications are accepted at the following locations ONLY at the times and on the days listed below:

You must provide all original documentation at the time you apply. No applications will be given out without the required documents.

San Francisco Applications – MAIN HALL
Local Union 377  
570 Barneveld Ave.
San Francisco, Ca. 94124
M-F  9am – 11am (except holidays)

San Jose Applications – SUB HALL (dispatch only)
Ironworkers Local 377 Subhall
2102 Almaden Blvd., Rm 110
San Jose, Ca. 95125
M-F  7am – 9am (except holidays)

3150 Bayshore Road
Benicia, Ca. 94510
(707) 746-7666
M-F  9am – 11am (except holidays)