Apprenticeship Week

Who We Are

The State of Hawaiʻi Apprenticeship Council is under the direction of the Director of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and is comprised of members who are familiar with apprenticeable occupations who serve in an advisory capacity to the director on matters within the jurisdiction of the department relating to apprenticeship programs.

List of Construction Trades in Registered Apprenticeship Programs [PDF]

List of Non-Construction Trades in Registered Apprenticeship Programs [PDF]

Apprenticeship has a long, and deep-rooted history in Hawaiʻi. The apprenticeship law was enacted during a special session of the Territorial legislature in 1941. The Department of Public Instruction was given the responsibility of providing related instruction. In 1964 the Community College system was created in which the Department of Education (DOE) technical schools were folded into the system.

Since the DOE tech schools provided the Related Instruction up to that point, the Apprenticeship Law was amended with ACT 138 to delegate Related Instruction to the DOE or Community College System.

Apprenticeship programs are age-old, successful models for training skilled workers. Apprenticeship programs are composed of two major components: Work Process and Related Instruction. The Work Process component consists of on-the-job training and Related Instruction is the structured class and laboratory/shop curricula. Therefore, in this system, job skills are developed through theoretical and practical experiences. Upon completion of an approved apprenticeship program, work process and related instruction hours may be applied to an Associate degree.

The apprenticeship model is leading the way in preparing American workers to compete in today’s economy. Apprenticeship programs keep pace with advancing technologies and innovations in training and human resource development through the complete involvement of employers in the educational process. While it is used in traditional industries such as construction and manufacturing, apprenticeship is also instrumental for training and development in growing industries nationally, such as health care, information technology, transportation and logistics, and energy. Hawaii also is expanding apprenticeships into information technology, healthcare, and other industries.

Federal Department of Labor - Apprenticeship

State of Hawaiʻi Department of Labor - Apprenticeship Job-Seekers

State of Hawaiʻi Department of Labor - Apprenticeship Employers

High-Paying Construction Jobs for Women in Apprenticeship [PDF]


Friday, October 14
State of Hawaiʻi Proclamation Signing Apprenticeship Hawaiʻi Week October 23 - 29, 2016
Where: Governor David Ige Chambers
Tentative Time: 10:30 am

Tuesday, October 25
Pathways to Apprenticeship
Where: Honolulu Community College (View PDF Map), Plumbers & Pipefitters, Electrician Apprenticeship Training Offices (View PDF Map)
Pathways to Apprenticeship Photo Gallery
Time: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm (View PDF Agenda)
Registration: Contact Workforce Development Division, 586-8877

Pathways to Apprenticeship
View PDF Flyer

Thursday, October 27, 2016
Construction Career Days for Adults
Where: Aloha Stadium (Lower Halawa Parking Lot)
Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Assumption Of Risk And Release Agreement [PDF]

Career Construction Days for Adults Flyer
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Thursday & Friday, October 27 - 28, 2016
10th Annual Hawaiʻi Construction Career Days
Where: Aloha Stadium (Lower Halawa Parking Lot)
Time: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Career Construction Days Flyer
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Career Construction Days Brochure
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Apprenticeships are unique long-term training programs that allow job seekers to learn specialized skills for various trades.

In Hawaiʻi, there over 50 apprenticeship occupations.

Apprentices who complete their program earn approximately $300,000 more over their career than non-apprenticeship participants.

As part of an established apprenticeship program, apprentices can take advantage of numerous benefits that include learning from highly-trained skilled tradesworkers; reduce risk of injury while on the job through proper training; and periodic pay increases.

Upon successful completion apprentices receive a Certification of Completion and become a journeyworker.

After completing training, an apprentice becomes a journeyworker that can earn a substantially higher salary as well as pursue career goals of becoming an apprentice supervisor, contractor, or business owner.

Apprentices that join respective unions receive healthcare as well as retirement and other benefits.

Apprenticeships are with union and non-union shops

Most apprenticeships in Hawaii and USA are in construction trades; while European countries also have them in white-collar jobs.

To replicate successful workforce training in Europe, apprenticeships in Hawaii and USA are expanding into other industries and occupations such as Information Technology and Healthcare. Over 8,000 occupations are apprenticeable and more are being added.

Success Stories

"The Apprenticeship Program and Oʻahu WorkLinks has given me a new confidence, everyday seems like a new adventure, and an opportunity to learn something new."

Brian Laba

From Auto Tech to Plumber Apprentice

Brian Laba was working as a Beginner Tech in the automotive repair department with Servco Toyota on the Windward side of Oʻahu, when the opportunity came to change career fields. He wanted a better life for his two year old daughter and his girlfriend and even though he had a good paying job, the opportunity to learn a new craft from scratch, with the possibility of earning living wages, and the chance for advancement, he could not pass this up.

With the assistance from Oʻahu WorkLinks to help pay for his training through the Plumbers and Fitters Union Local 675, Brian is in his second year with the apprenticeship is doing very well and thriving.

The apprenticeship has helped him to learn new skills, working daily under the supervision of a Pipefitter Journeyman, he has increased his craftsmanship and financial well-being.

Brian's future looks bright and once he completes his apprenticeship program, he looks forward to newer and bigger things within the Plumbers and Fitters Industry. He hopes to one day become a Journeyman himself and eventually own his own business.

"The Apprenticeship Program and Oʻahu WorkLinks has given me a new confidence, everyday seems like a new adventure, and an opportunity to learn something new," says Brian.

"As an apprentice I learned to be better skilled at my craft that was afforded to me through my local union."

Danette P. Nakooka

While attending high school Dannette Nakooka became intrigued when a welding trailer came to campus to show hands on welding techniques. Today, Danette is a tower crane operator for Garner Construction.

"The main benefit is to earn a career, not just get a job," Nakooka explains. "As an apprentice I learned to be better skilled at my craft that was afforded to me through my local union."

"The word 'Apprenticeship' is much more than a word; there is great meaning behind it. It changes lives, not only for the apprentice but their family, and generations to come.

It offers financial stability, health and dental benefits, retirement benefits, savings, non-traditional education and traditional educational opportunities, and scholarships. It teaches how to give back to the community, apprenticeship shows candidates how to have a voice even when it seems like no one is listening."

The value of apprenticeship is immeasurable because it offers a candidate choices after they put some required sweat equity. "I'm truly a believer, as a past recipient of the apprenticeship program."

"You’re going to walk into a lot of closed doors. If you don’t open them, no one’s going to open them for you."

Guy Shibayama

A product of Farrington High School who didn't formally graduate with his class, Guy completed required summer school only to be told by his sister, an influential person in his life, "You're not gonna be a bum, I've got you a job." It was 1962 at eighteen years old Guy got his first job as a janitor in a sheet metal shop. After a year he was promoted to apprentice and had to attend related construction classes, which led him down the career path as a sheetmetal worker.

When he was forty-one, he was offered a job by the sheetmetal worker's union to be their training coordinator for the apprenticeship program at Honolulu Community College. In 1991, he received both his bachelor's in education and associates degree in applied trades. A few year later he obtained his Master's degree in Education. Today, he is an Assistant Professor and continues to coordinate the Apprenticeship Program for the college.

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