01. What is a Pre-Apprenticeship Program?
At Craft & Trade Academy we feel it is important for employees to have work experience where they can understand us and we can understand them. A Pre-Apprenticeship is a focused job training and working experience where we share our culture and expectations while our employees develop a sense of self while on the job. Some of the things we are looking for are foundational skills or soft skills: work ethic, timeliness, attitude, and others are more skill and interest-based. During the Pre-Apprenticeship, employees have an opportunity to earn their position in our program simply by doing the foundational skills, and then the specific program is chosen based on their interest and technical skills.
02. How does the apprenticeship work?
The Pre-Apprenticeship Program is a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 6 months. During the program, the following classroom instruction will take place:
Prior to work experience:
- Construction Safety Training and Company Specific Safety Training – 4 hours
- Company Culture and Expectations – 2 Hours
Integrated throughout Work Experience:
- Site-Specific Safety Instruction
- Forklift Certification
- CPR/First Aid Certification
- Construction Basics Math
- OSHA 10 Certification
- Intro to Tile Cutting, Mortar Mixing, Staging, Grouting, and Caulking
- Work Experience
Pre-Apprentices will be paired with current apprentices or mentor installers to learn the everyday functions of the company, including the various types of tasks and responsibilities expected of each employee. Specific training will be tailored to current project needs so that pre-apprentices will have the opportunity to practice each skill they are taught. Before the program is finished all skills will be covered in either a combination of classroom/work experience or classroom/workshop. As often as possible a pre-apprentice will experience classroom/workshop/work experience as a standard learning environment.
The pre-apprenticeship is meant to prepare candidates for the Tile Finisher and Tile Setter Apprenticeship Programs. If a situation arises where a pre-apprentice does not qualify to enter either program, they will be given a review and growth plan along with an opportunity to extend their pre-apprenticeship at the sole discretion of Craft & Trade Academy.
03. Why go into a trade?
80% of Construction Companies in North Carolina report that workforce shortages remain one of the single most significant threats to their businesses. These companies have open and available positions they are trying to fill today and the number of those positions continues to grow.
04. Will I get a job after the program? Or What happens when I finish the program?
Our parent company, Muller Corporation, currently has open positions for trained Tile Finishers. We are also partnering with other companies with similar needs for skilled trade workers. There is a large shortage of construction workers in general and a particularly large need for trade workers with tile installation skills. While taking a position as a pre-apprentice does not guarantee acceptance into these programs we strive to train and retain all employees with solid foundational skills.
05. What wage does a Pre-Apprentice earn?
Pre-Apprentices starting pay is based on experience and is between 13-15 dollars an hour.
06. When does the program start?
The Pre-Apprenticeship runs all year and pre-apprentices are added throughout the year. Our other Apprenticeship Programs run at various times throughout the year and you must be a current Pre-Apprentice in order to apply.
07. How do I apply?
Fill out our form via this link and then contact Joshua Doty (firstname.lastname@example.org), Craft & Trade Academy Director.
08. How do I get started?
We hire all of our employees through the NCWorks Portal so be sure to set up an account and connect with NCWorks to speed up the hiring process.
Once your account is set up you can search our open Pre-Apprentice position and apply.