'Our apprentices do pretty well,' union says

Director of training, Lonnie Land, said that first-year apprentices can make over $30 an hour or 80% of a journeyman's wage.

Posted: Feb 17, 2020 7:18 PM

CANBY, Ore. -- Local 701 in Canby trains apprentices to become skilled construction journeymen, but more than that -- they provide a space for those apprentices to learn and grow.

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At the training facility, apprentices get experience with cranes, heavy diesel machinery, and even 18-wheeler trucks.

And while you're getting trained, you're also working and getting paid

Director of training, Lonnie Land, said that first-year apprentices can make over $30 an hour or 80% of a journeyman's wage.

"Into the second year, you get 85%, and then of course 90, 95, and then when you graduate you're at 100% of a journeyman's scale, so most of our apprentices do pretty well," said Land.

Land said that they are always looking for new people to hire because construction is an industry with frequent turnovers.

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