The Ford-UAW Apprenticeship Program is designed for people with the desire and ambition to reach for higher goals. It prepares individuals to become recognized as Skilled Tradespersons. It pays while you learn, and upon completion, provides a way for newly graduated Journeypersons to achieve higher job pay, job satisfaction, and can even point the way to additional career opportunities.

Unleash the Power with the Power of the Trades

Individual growth is a fact of life. The goals for most people five or ten years ago aren’t the same as they are today. New challenges and new priorities take the place of old dreams and prior commitments. It’s simply the way it is for most of us.

Can you accomplish your personal goals? Is there a way?

The answer is yes. With hard work and commitment, you can change things for the better. There is a way.

Can you qualify for Apprenticeship Training?

As a UAW-Ford employee, you can apply to test at your plant. There are opportunities at your plant through the Skills Enhancement Program for any tutoring or instruction that might be necessary to prepare you for the Apprenticeship Eligibility Test. The Ford-UAW Apprenticeship Program is nationwide, with about 50 locations and growing. Once you qualify, you participate in a Future Apprenticeship Orientation, to assist you in making an informed decision about your trade choice. Here, Journeypersons will describe to you the various duties associated with their particular trade.

Over 23,000 men and women already have completed Apprenticeship Training. Many of them, like you, were at first not sure of their own potential. But they made a choice, and through hard work and determination, became Skilled Tradespersons.

You Can Be It with The Power of the Trades

To become a Journeyperson is not easy. It takes hard work, and a real commitment. The fact is, it’s not for everyone. But if you have the determination, the drive, and a belief in yourself, it can be what you are looking for.

Once you have tested and qualified, you enter a training program with a structure unlike any other. First, there is a Core Skills Training Program, which provides new apprentices a foundation of the basic skills with which to build upon. This initial basic skills level is unique among Apprenticeship Training Programs in the United States, and is an essential building block. During the first week of this three-week training phase, you will be introduced to:

  •  Safety Awareness
  • Basic Shop Techniques
  • Group Communication Skills
  • Blueprints
  • Measurement
  • Tools & Vocabulary of the Skilled Trades

Then, during the next two weeks, training is more focused toward one specific trade area that may include:

  • Electrical
  • Metals
  • Fluid Power
  • Welding
  • Mechanical
  • Industrial Truck Mechanic

You Earn Your Success with The Power of the Trades

A minimum of 576 hours to a maximum of 650 hours of classroom instruction is part of your Apprenticeship Training at vocational schools and community colleges in your local area. In some cases, there is additional training at your plant. While you are paid for your classroom participation, it takes a real commitment.

While you’re “on-the-job” in Apprenticeship Training, you work with an experienced Journeyperson to learn your new trade first hand. As an apprentice, you spend about 7,400 hours of “hands-on” shop training time learning first hand the skills you will need to become a full fledged Journeyperson of your chosen trade.

As you can see, the decision to become a member of the Skilled Trades is a major decision. It takes time, dedication and hard work. Support from your family is essential to your success, as you will spend many hours in addition to your job responsibilities studying your new trade.


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