The New England Carpenters Union offers a 4-year apprenticeship program created to thoroughly develop the talents and skills of carpenters. This type of structured training is required to make sure carpenters are fully qualified, well-rounded and productive. It includes classroom and workshop training in addition to employment with the most experienced professionals in the industry.
Training is anchored at the New England Carpenters Training Center. Apprentices attend classes for 1 week every 3 months, a system designed to accommodate the needs of contractors and apprentices alike. The courses build from instruction of basic skills like math and geometry to programs that teach the use of leading industry technology and products.
While working, apprentices earn wages and benefits that enable them to provide for themselves and their families. Typically, apprentices start around 50% or higher of the journey worker pay scale. As their training progresses, apprentices earn more until they become full carpenters, called "journeymen," and are then paid at the journeymen rate.
Apprentice Resources Available
Click here for a list of apprentice resources on the New England Carpenters Training Fund website. Documents found on the page include blank work reports, benefits office contact information, a math test study guide, tool lists and scholarship information.
George Darmetko, Local 424
Eamonn Murphy, Local 33
Brother Eamonn Murphy left Ireland to seek a career in Boston in the summer of 1998. In February of the following year, he joined Carpenters Local 33 as first year apprentice. From the onset, Brother Murphy showed a thirst for knowledge and has fully embraced the opportunities available to all members of the Carpenters Union. He now works as an Estimator and teaches other union carpenters as an instructor at Wentworth Institute of Technology's College of Professional and Continuing Education.