Frequently Asked Questions

Below you’ll find a list of common questions.  If you don’t find an answer to your question, please contact us!

Can applications be taken before or after the listed dates?
No. Application dates are only taken the first two full weeks in March.

Can someone with a felony conviction apply?
Yes. However, their situation may affect employment.

What is the minimum age to apply?
18. However, if they are 17 they can apply as long as they will be 18 no later than June 1.

If the person is a high school student getting ready to graduate, can they apply?
Yes, but they will need a letter on school letterhead by the principal or counselor indicating that they are on target to graduate.

Can they take the application with them and bring it back later?
No. The application must be filled out at the WorkForce Center office. You can bring back the required documentation to put with the applicaiton if you do not have it when filliing it out.

What types of driver’s license is required?
A regular class C driver’s license is required. If someone has a restricted license, they will need to bring the letter that shows it is restricted and in addition have a valid photo state i.d. No copied licenses will be considered.

What if someone brings a college transcript, but not a high school transcript?
Our regulations state high school transcript. However, post secondary transcripts and trade related documentation would be helpful, but not necessary.

What if they do not have a birth certificate?
They must show proof of citizenship or legal work status. A passport will work.

When will interviews be held?
Interviews will be in April. The applicant will get a letter from us stating the date and time for the interview.

How much does the Apprenticeship Program cost the applicant?
The only cost to the students is their enrollment fees approximately $450.00/yr, 

What are the costs associated with joining the Union?
There is an initiation fee of $200.00 (due by the end of your apprenticeship). There is a upfront fee of $40.00 (this is applied to the $200.00) when signing Union paperwork. Also there is a death assessment option of $10.00 to join with individual death assessments at $3.00. Monthly Union fees are $22.00 with a working assessment of 3% gross wages.

When does school start?
School will be starting at the end of August.

Where and when is school held?
School classes are held Monday through Thursday 7am-6pm on a rotation schedule at 1330 E. 1st Street, Wichita, KS.

When does work start?
Starting work depends on our signatory contractor’s needs. It could be as early as April or May- or as late as September.

How many apprentices are we taking this year?
We do not make that decision. The Local Union Business Manager and contractors decide this.

What is the Work Keys Test?
The Work Keys Test is taken at your local Workforce center. Approximately 4 hours long it will cover Applied Mathematics, Locating Information and Reading for Information.