Kansas offers a large variety of apprenticeship training programs that connect potential workers with the training and experience they need to gain a rewarding career in the field of their choice. Apprenticeship programs typically consist of a required amount of on-the-job work experience in conjunction with classroom instruction. Many programs also require the apprentice to pass a state sponsored exam to move from the apprenticeship level to the journeyman level.
The goal of these programs is to provide workers with the ability to have a rewarding career while also getting paid and gaining experience and training. A lot of apprenticeship programs are offered through local unions. Many times, these are very competitive and come with excellent benefits including good pay and health insurance. Other programs are offered through educational programs for which apprentices need to find sponsors for the required amount of on-the-job training.
The Boilermakers National Apprenticeship program in Kansas City offers apprentices all of the skills required to have a rewarding career in the industry. The program requires six thousand hours of hands on job training as well as five hundred seventy six hours of classroom training and the completion of a self-study program. Working as a boilermaker requires a high level of technical skill and knowledge. When working as an apprentice, you are responsible for being an integral part of the team and are required for be trained and participate in erecting and repairing pressure vessels, air pollution equipment, water treatment plants, blast furnaces, stacks and lines, and storage and process tanks.
Various tasks may include helping to install a giant superheater section in a large utility boiler, helping to erect a 750,000 gallon water storage tank, assisting with the construction of hydroelectric power station components or assisting with the placement of a nuclear power plant reactor dome. The job of a boilermaker can be an exciting and rewarding career. Various skills and tasks that apprentices will learn and be responsible for include rigging materials for movement, directing crane operators, assembling or dissembling scaffolds and work platforms, changing crane bones, interpreting blueprints, laying out components, using various welding equipment and much more. After the apprenticeship program has been successfully completed, one will be prepared for a lifetime career in the boilermakers industry.
The Early Childhood Associate Apprenticeship Program (ECAAP) in Wichita offers all the skills required for an apprentice to have a career in Early Childhood Education. Apprentices are required to complete 4000 hours of experience with working with young children. On top of that, apprentices must also complete twenty hours of college credit in Early Childhood Education,, which must be paid for by the apprentice. However, financial aid is available. Apprentices are paid for their work but usually at the minimum wage rate. Near the completion of their training, apprentices typically earn up to 90% to 95% of a journeyman’s salary. Apprentices are responsible for finding their own sponsor or employer but the ECAAP provides the tools to connect with sponsors. After successful completion of this two year program, apprentices receive their Child Development Associate (CDA) and their Apprenticeship Certificate of Completion, which are nationally recognized certifications. With these certifications, apprentices are capable of obtaining rewarding careers in Childhood Education.
The Wichita Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (WEJATC)) connects apprentices will all the necessary knowledge and skills required for becoming a Journeyman Electrician. Apprentices gain all of the proficiencies required for installing, maintaining and troubleshooting various electrical systems in both commercial and industrial settings. The classroom instruction courses are offered by WEJATC in conjunction with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the National Electrical Contracting Association.
Apprentices are required to complete 8000 hours of on-the-job training and 900 hours of related classroom study. Electrical apprentices obtain experience in electrical power and lighting systems, power distribution systems, building automation systems, energy management systems, backup power generation systems and much more. Apprentices are paid for their on the job trainings and get paid health insurance as well as other benefits. A $25 application fee is required at the time of application and classroom courses must be paid for by the apprentice. A limited number of scholarships are available.
The Carpenters District Council of Kansas City and Vicinity Apprenticeship and Training Fund in Topeka and Wichita offers apprenticeship programs in the carpentry, millwright and floor laying trades. After being accepted into the program, applicants are given the information they need to obtain a job with a contractor. To gain journeyman status, apprentices must complete 5600 hours on the job and sixteen weeks of classroom training. Apprentices are paid for their work but must pay for their related class tuition, unless the employer opts to do so. Pay rates for apprentices are usually 50% of the journeyman’s pay rate. At the end of the program, apprentices may be released to test for journeyman status and will be prepared for a rewarding career in carpentry.