Multnomah County supports construction workforce development through apprenticeship training and the support of pre-apprenticeship programs.

Apprenticeship Programs:

Apprenticeship Programs enable students to receive training in a skilled trade through classroom training and work on-the-job. Each apprenticeship trade has a Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC), which outlines the procedures required to complete the apprenticeship program and become a journey person. Apprenticeship programs usually consist of two to five years of supervised, on-the-job experience in the chosen trade. On-the-job and trade related hours can only be logged once you are indentured.

In order to qualify, apprentices must meet certain basic qualifications based on age, education, and experience. State-registered Apprentice Programs require a minimum of 144 classroom hours and lab/shop training per year plus 4,000 to 8,000 hour of on-the-job training depending on the program.

Nonprofit pre-apprenticeship training organizations and construction workforce development:

Pre-Apprenticeship Programs prepare students who seek careers in the construction trades. These programs are designed to help students build the necessary skills to meet the minimum entry qualifications to enter a trade or apprenticeship program.  

The following Oregon State Apprenticeship and Training Council (OSATC) approved pre-apprenticeship training organizations work to provide individuals with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to compete for entry into any of the many OSATC approved apprenticeship programs.  These programs are a vital first step for many individuals who do come from a construction background.

BOLI Prevailing Wages

Most construction projects require compliance with BOLI rules for payment of prevailing wage rates.

Workforce Training and Hiring Program

FY 2012 Workforce Report