WHAT IS THE APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM?
During the program the apprentice will participate in the following requirements:
If you are an individual who has not yet been employed by a water or wastewater system, but would like to join as an apprentice and eventually hired on to a system, the process is slightly different. Once you have requested an application, you will work on filling out all the required forms, similar an already match apprentice. After RWAU has deemed the applicant eligilbe for the program, apprentices who have not yet been matched with a system will go into a pool of applicants. The pool of eligible applicants will be availabe to our members who may be looking for a new employee and would accept the terms of hiring an apprentice. RWAU is currently working on formulating a process to disseminate that information to our members. Look for updates in the future.
Each apprentice will have a sponsor (water/wastewater system) that will employee the apprentice and agree to provide training on a one-on-one basis. The required number of hours is 4000 (roughly a 2-year working period based on a 40 hour work week). The sponsor has a number of obligations required for the system to be able to host an apprentice, for example:
In addition to the 4000 hours of training required by the sponsor, RWAU will provide an additional 288 hours of instruction. The apprentice will fulfill some of these hours by attending pre-established in-class trainings by RWAU. The majority of these trainings happen multiple times a year, so that the apprentice can plan accordingly. The rest of the hours will be fulfilled by online classes (webinars) or other variable one-day in-class trainings. The bulk of the in-class trainings will be certifications, as mentioned earlier.
Rural Water will also be over all tracking and information collection for each apprentice. We have a dedicated team that will work with the apprentice, the system, and anyone else involved to track and monitor the progress of the apprentice throughout the two-year program. At the end, RWAU will help the apprentice apply for the apprenticeship certificate through the department of labor, assuming all requirements have been met.
Along with committment to work on all required content for the two years, including any and all certifications that are required for the course. Apprentices will also be required to submit all required documentation for the program. This includes, but is not limited to:
Apprentices will be require to go to some in-class courses that are held throughout the state of Utah. The apprentice is responsibile for the registration and travel costs associated with those trainings, and will need to work with his or her system to make sure he or she can attend the trainings. Once enrolled, RWAU will help each apprentice review the program requirements and create a tentative two-year schedule for completing the program and all requirements.
To request an application, please print, complete, and email this form to email@example.com
RWAU recently awarded Manny Rodriguez, a full-ride scholarship for enrollment to the apprenticeship program. We at RWAU are so excited to work with Manny and watch as his experience and training grow over the net two years. Each year we will be offering a full-ride scholarship to the apprenticeship program. Contact Brittney or the RWAU office if you or your system is interested in applying for the scholarship.
In addition to the full-ride scholarship, RWAU has offered 5 additional half-ride scholarships to our members interested in enrolling their employees as apprentices.