Definition of Apprenticeship

Training in an art, trade or craft under a legal agreement that defines the duration and conditions of the relationship between the journey level person and the apprentice or learner.  Once the agreement is complete, the apprentice becomes a journeyman.

These positions offer great pay and on the job training, with no previous experience or education necessary to become successful.


OPCMIA, Local 132 is accepting applications for the Cement Masons (CM) and Plasterers (PL) Apprenticeship Programs.  You must be 18 years of age and have a High School Diploma or GED and a valid drivers license.  We are an EEO Program.  Please contact the Business Agent in your area for more information.

Cincinnati:  Call Andy Kitchens 513-616-5531  for Cement Masons or Kevin Gowsell 513-616-5678 for Plasterers

Columbus:  Call Rory Haines 614-496-5734 for Cement Masons or  Kevin Gowsell 513-616-5678 for Plasterers

Dayton: Call Greg West 937-604-6056 for Cement Masons or  Kevin Gowsell 513-616-5678 for Plasterers

Portsmouth:  Call Chuck Dolen 606-922-3305  for Cement Masons or  Kevin Gowsell 513-616-5678 for Plasterers

History of Apprenticeship

The term “Apprenticeship” dates back as early as 2000 BC with the Scriber of Egypt.  Family members passed the skills from generation to generation.  As tools become more complex, the domestic apprentice came into play.  Children (usually males in the household) were indentured to a craftsman or artisan to learn a skill or trade.  The child lived with the craftsman for room and board and learned a trade or occupation.

The child was indentured until the agreement between the parent and craftsman was met.  Through the years there was limited opportunity for education and children were still expected to work in mills, mines and textile factories.  These children worked under dangerous and hazardous conditions and many times made less pay than the adult worker.  There was no labor law and no adult supervision to protect these young workers.

The model of the domestic apprentice disappeared with the expansion of building and manufacturing during the Industrial Revolution (1750-1850).  During the Industrial Revolution compensation in the form of defined wages, working hours and child labor laws were established.  As Apprenticeship continues to evolve, in 1937, Congress enacted the National Apprenticeship Act, known as the Fitzgerald Act.  This Act resulted in more formalized regulations, controls and safeguards for apprentices.  The Act incorporated cooperation with the Secretary of Education and brought together employers and labor to develop and enforce regulations.  The Act would include DOL regulations,  required Safety measures and training, defined training requirements such as related technical instruction (RTI) and on the job training (OJT).  In 1957 the DOL granted status to the State of Ohio, as a State Apprenticeship Agency.  All apprentices are registered with the Ohio State Apprenticeship Council (OSAC).  Apprenticeships have helped build America from its early colonial beginnings to the present day.  Among early apprentices who went onto national distinction were George Washington (surveyor), Benjamin Franklin (printer) and Paul Revere (silversmith.

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