“Michigan Laborers’ Training and Apprenticeship Institute (MLTAI) is dedicated to the development of safe, skilled, and productive Construction Craft Due to the increasingly technical & extremely varied nature of construction craft laborers’ duties, LIUNA has implemented an Apprenticeship program that is recognized by the USDOL Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training. Once graduated, the Apprentice will receive their Journeyman card, a Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship from the USDOL, and they will be eligible for the full Journeyman Pay.”

More Desirable Image on Job Market

Each course offered at MLTAI provides workers with invaluable knowledge and hands-on abilities that will directly relate to work being done in the field. Our ANSI-Certified training staff uses state-of-the-art technology to guarantee the most up-to-date learning experience possible. As indicated by data obtained by CPWR -The Center for Construction Research and Training, union apprentices who participate in training also exhibit safe work practices since union contractors are more likely to offer and require general safety and health training. The more training certifications that you have, the more job opportunities will be available to you, especially on state/federal job-sites.

Better Benefits

Unionized Construction Craft Laborers have excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance, as well as a generous pension plan with an annuity savings plan. In fact, regarding employee benefits such as healthcare, life insurance, paid sick leave, and retirement benefits, union members have a distinct advantage over their non-union counterparts. As shown below, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports union workers consistently have access to employee benefits at a much higher rate than non-union workers.


Wages and Advancement


The Apprenticeship program is divided into four incremental Stages. You must meet the requirements for both work hours and training in order to advance to the next stage. With each advancement, apprentices become eligible for a pay increase. If you believe you are due for a Stage Advancement, please contact the Apprenticeship Administrative Assistant, Danielle Lares, as soon as possible.

Pay Scale Work Hours Training Hours
Stage 1 70% 0 – 999 0 – 74
Stage 2 80% 1,000 – 1,999 75 – 149
Stage 3 85% 2,000 – 2,999 150 – 224
Stage 4 95% 3,000 – 3,999 225 – 299
Graduate 100% 4,000 + 300 +

How to Become an Apprentice

Must be 18 yrs of age
Must have reliable Transportation
Must understand the importance of punctuality and good attendance
Must be physically able to perform the work of the trade
May be required to pass drug test

Sponsorship is a


You will need sponsorship from either a Local Labor Union in Michigan or the contractor for which you are employed. To obtain sponsorship, contact one of the seven local labor unions in Michigan to fill out an Apprenticeship Agreement, or have your employer provide an Intent to Hire letter to our office. Once we receive the proper paperwork, we will register you as a Michigan Construction Craft Laborer Apprentice with the U.S. Department of Labor and your apprenticeship will officially begin.

Better Pay

In comparison to community college or university education, The Building Tradesman Newspaper reports, “The wage a worker earns upon completing an apprenticeship program is higher on average than the wage of those with an associate degree who are younger than 40.” Additionally, our apprentices owe nothing upon graduation, whereas the average student loan debt in Michigan was $29,518 in 2014.

When comparing union and non-union worker pay, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that union members earned $1,051.00 per week compared to the $860.00 non-union workers earn weekly. In addition, union apprentices receive larger wage increases with each Stage Advancement of the program. By completing the Apprenticeship program, you become eligible for more Journeyman status which earns 100% of the current pay rate (see Wages and Advancement for more information about pay scale). The Building Tradesman Newspaper states, “On average, workers completing an apprenticeship program saw their wages increase by 51%, while for non-union apprentices, the increase was 30%.”

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