The Mason Tenders’ Training Fund offers an apprenticeship program for Local 79 that trains participants to become Skilled Construction Craft Laborers. The program begins with three weeks of unpaid training followed by paid on-the-job-training at job sites throughout New York City. Among the skills Local 79 apprentices learn are general construction, site maintenance, interior and total building demolition, and mason tending. Safe work practices are central to all training received. Journeyworker status is achieved upon completion of approximately 400 hours of classroom instruction and 4,000 hours of on-the-job learning.

The minimum requirements to become an apprentice are as follows:

1) 18 years or older

2) High School diploma or G. E. D.

3) Physical capability to perform the work

4) Passage of drug screening (upon selection to the program)

Admission to the Apprenticeship Program is primarily from candidates selected from a general recruitment, which occurs once or twice a year. Go to the Mason Tenders’ Training Fund website below for information on the date for the next general recruitment.

There are also a few programs that, upon successful completion, allow for direct entry into the Apprenticeship Program. The names and websites for these direct entry programs follow:

Non-Traditional Employment for Women

Helmets to Hardhats

High School Students
Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills

For more information about the Apprenticeship Program, open recruitment procedures, and the Mason Tenders’ Training Fund, go to: Mason Tenders’ Training Fund

To see a segment from “Here and Now” about the apprenticeship program, click here.

Local 79 also periodically runs a pre-apprenticeship program with community partners.