What Makes a Good Apprentice

You are an excellent apprentice candidate if you can meet the following guidelines:

Good work ethic
Shows up every day, on time, for work and school. Always has back-up day care and transportation plans. Works hard at a steady pace.

Positive attitude
A good apprentice:

  • Listens and learns on the job and in school
  • Works with others as a team
  • Follows directions regardless of the manner in which they are given (Directions are often given quickly and may sound angry because the immediacy of the job situation demands it. This is not the time for sensitive feelings.)

Aptitude
A good apprentice:

  • Possesses aptitude for the trade/occupation and some work history (paid or unpaid)
  • Has some experience doing construction, production, or other comparable work or transferable skills
  • Has proven potential to be a good worker. Any continuous employment or training with a good attendance record can indicate this, even if not related to the trade/occupation

Physical condition
Able to work in a physically demanding environment for extended periods of time in all weather conditions. Is very safety conscious in all work.

Drug free
Drug free and can pass drug/alcohol tests that are given randomly.

Driver’s license
Valid Illinois State driver’s license and good driving record. Has reliable transportation, preferably owns a car.

English language
Good comprehension of the English language. This includes both verbal and written comprehension for successful learning on the job and in school.
Education High school diploma or GED.