The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers’ apprenticeship and training system is widely recognized for producing highly-skilled craftworkers.
Apprenticeship for the different BAC trades is conducted over a four-year program, which includes 6,000 hours of On the Job Training (OJT) and 640 hours of Related Technical Instruction (RTI). RTI entails classroom instruction over essential theory, not only for the apprentice to see and practice what they are building but why they are building it.
Apprentices with the 19 signatory unions of the OH-KY ADC “earn as they learn,” receiving competitive wages as they train for a rewarding career in their chosen trade. As an apprentice’s skills and knowledge of the trade advance, so does the compensation.
The OH-KY ADC apprenticeship program is also affiliated with Cuyahoga Community College. By the end of the four-year apprenticeship program, an individual will have earned for FREE half of the required credit hours to earn an associate’s degree. If the apprentice chooses to do so, he/she can enroll in the remaining required core classes during their apprenticeship, with the end result earning journeyworker status within the OH-KY ADC at the same time as an associate’s degree.
Training within the OH-KY ADC does not end with the four-year apprenticeship. We are continuously striving to continue the education of the members through state-of-the-art training facilities, along with the most up-to-date technologies and methods.
Continue educational courses vary depending on the goals set by the union member. Higher learning courses can be all aspects of OSHA Safety Training, Foreman Training Levels I & II, Certifications in Grouting and Reinforced Masonry, Blueprint Readings, Instructor Certification Program; as well New Contractor Start-Up Courses that help a member become a union signatory contractor. The courses of cross-training crafts are endless to the member. The more education, training and skills a worker can acquire only makes them more marketable.
Partnered with the International Masonry Institute (IMI), there are three regional training facilities located in Ohio: the Northern Ohio Regional Training Center (Amherst), the Northwest Ohio Construction Education Center (Toledo), and the Southern Ohio-Kentucky Regional Training Center (Batavia). These, along with the John J. Flynn BAC/IMI International Training Center (Bowie, MD) are all locations members of the OH-KY ADC can receive continued higher education.