The system of apprenticeship was first developed in the later middle ages and came to be supervised by craft guilds and town governments. A master craftsman was entitled to employ young people as an inexpensive form of labor in exchange for providing formal training in the craft.
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Today’s apprenticeship training is managed by labor and management as equal partners, and it has evolved to meet the needs of modern construction industry. An apprentice in the OPCMIA will be taught the skills and knowledge of the trade through a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction. This two pronged approach to training permits a young person beginning their career to advance quickly while becoming an ever increasingly productive member of the crew.
OPCMIA apprenticeship programs offer a standardized curriculum and include the following important aspects of training:
- Introduction to the industry and trade history
- Identification and proper use of tools
- Material composition and mixes
- Repair and restoration
- Scaffolding and OSHA Safety Courses
- Blueprint reading
- First-aid and CPR Certification