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February 3, 2012

New GI Bill now covers apprenticeship training

Carpenters’ Union Apprenticeship Programs offer paid scholarships. Apprentices earn a pro-rated salary while receiving their free training to become Journeyman Carpenters with the New England Regional Council of Carpenters.

Unemployed and separating service members now will be able to train to become Journeyman Carpenters and receive GI Bill benefits as the Post-9/11 GI Bill now covers apprenticeship training. These benefits are not available to active-duty service members or their spouses using transferred benefits.

Under the new program, veterans receive their pro-rated apprentice salary from the employer and a pro-rated housing allowance from the Veterans’ Affairs Department.

Post-9/11 GI Bill Recipients: The payment rate will be as follows:
1. You will receive 100% of your applicable MHA during the first 6 months of training
2. 80% of your applicable MHA during the second 6 months of training
3. 60% of your applicable MHA during the third 6 months of training
4. 40% of your applicable MHA during the fourth 6 months of training
5. 20% of your applicable MHA during the remainder of the training

Post-9/11 GI Bill recipients will also receive up to $83 per month for books and supplies.

The Veterans Administration (VA) has a searchable database of non-degree institutions covered under the Post-9/11 GI Bill on its website.

• When you use the searchable database for Program Type, select: On-the-Job-Training/Apprenticeship.

For additional information about the Post 9/11 GI Bill and On-the-Job & Apprenticeship Training, visit the Veterans’ Administration website

For a Summary of Changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill Click Here

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Spring 2012 – Opportunities to become a Carpenters’ Apprentice

The New England Carpenters’ Training Fund (NECTF) will be conducting interviews to establish an "Eligible Pool of Apprentice Applicants." Interviews will be conducted in late March - early April of 2012.

Who: Anyone age 17 or older who is a high-school graduate or has a GED. High-school seniors may apply with a letter from their school stating that they are eligible to graduate within three months. Women, minorities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

How does someone apply?

Applicants must attend an informational session. Informational sessions run approximately one hour.

Applications to become an Apprentice are distributed at the conclusion of informational sessions.

Attendance for the entire informational session is mandatory. Late arrivals will be denied admission to that session.

Upcoming Informational Sessions:

Boston Carpenters’ Training Center: 750 Dorchester Avenue, 2nd Floor, Dorchester, MA 02125

  • February: Monday, February 6, 2012 at 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM
  • March: Monday, March 5, 2012 at 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM
New England Carpenters’ Training Center: 13 Holman Rd, Millbury, MA 01527

  • February: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 6:00 PM
  • March: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 6:00 PM
Additional sessions are posted on our website:

What happens after an application is submitted?
Everyone who has met all apprenticeship application requirements will be considered for apprenticeship and scheduled for an interview. The next interviews are anticipated in March of 2012. Additional interviews will be conducted as demand requires.

What is a Carpenters’ Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is a training program where you earn wages while you learn to become a skilled carpenter. Apprenticeship combines classroom studies with on-the-job training supervised by a trade professional. Much like a college education, it takes several years to become fully trained in the trade that you choose. Unlike college, though, as an apprentice you’ll earn while you learn. At first, you’ll make less money than skilled workers, but as you progress, you’ll get regular raises. Once you have mastered the craft, you will receive professional wages.

Carpenters’ Union:
The United Brotherhood of Carpenters is North America’s largest building-trades union, with more than a half million members in the construction and wood-products industries.
We recognize that for the union to remain strong, our signatory contractors need to succeed in today’s highly competitive marketplace – and our signatory contractors do that with workers committed to safety, productivity, and the proud legacy of our Brotherhood.
Skills, safety, and productivity have brought our members fair wages, good benefits, and dignity in work and retirement since the Brotherhood was founded in 1881.

Equal Opportunity:
The New England Carpenters’ Apprenticeship and Training Funds are committed to equal opportunity for applicants. The recruitment, selection, and training of apprentices during their apprenticeship shall be without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, creed, handicap, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, arrest record, conviction record, or membership in the military forces of the United States. The ATF will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship, and we will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 30 and all other applicable laws.

For more information contact the Apprenticeship Office at:
New England Carpenters Training Fund - Apprenticeship Office
13 Holman Rd, Millbury, MA 01527

Phone: (508) 792-5443 or (617) 782-4314

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Mandatory Requirements:

As an interested applicant for the Apprenticeship Program, it is your responsibility to complete all of the following mandatory requirements:

__ Provide reliable documentation of proof of age (minimum 17 years of age). Birth certificate preferred (Driver’s License, Passport, Green Card acceptable).


__ Provide copies of documentation of high school graduation and transcript for high school, or completion of a GED. (High school seniors must provide transcripts and a letter from their schools stating that they are eligible to graduate within three months).


__ Applicants must provide proof of satisfactory completion of a prejob preparatory course in Carpentry of at least six (6) months, such as United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC), Job Corps, or other approved carpentry apprentice preparatory course, or on-the-job training of six (6) months or 1500 hours experience in the construction field that would qualify an applicant as having met the minimum educational requirements.

Optional / Supplemental Documentation:

As an interested party for the Apprenticeship Program, you may choose to submit any or all of the following supplemental documents to enhance your application:
__ A training achievement record (TAR) to verify UBC Job Corps training and/or experience if you wish to receive consideration for such training/experience.
__ A DD-214 to verify military training and/or experience if a veteran and if you wish to receive consideration for such training/experience - to request a copy of your DD-214 online Click Here
__ Evidence of successful completion of an OSHA 10 for Construction class if you wish to receive consideration for such training/experience.
__ Evidence of having a valid driver’s license.
__ Any other documentation or information, such as letters of recommendation, personal merit citations, achievement awards, etc., that the applicant would like the sponsor to consider.

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