How To Apply To Become An Apprentice?

If you desire to become an apprentice in the carpentry, drywall, electrical, heavy equipment operator, HVAC, masonry, pipefitting, plumbing, sheet metal, or the welding craft, you should complete an application to the Cornhusker Training Trust Pool.  Upon successful completion of the application, you will be placed in the “pool of candidates for apprenticeship.”

Before being placed in the pool, your application will be scored depending on experience, education, military experience, etc. (to increase your application score, check out this page)  Once you have completed your application you will be placed in the pool.

When an employer (our member companies) are looking for new employees, they have the opportunity to review our list of “pool applicants.”  Those applicants with the highest score will be first on the list to be reviewed and possibly selected for an interview by an employer.  They have agreed to hire and train apprentices through a combination of a classroom setting and on the job learning (OJL), all while you are earning a paycheck.  If you make an application for an apprenticeship, it is no guarantee you will be hired or trained.

Our member companies are located in the major trade areas stretching from Kearney to Omaha to Norfolk.  They believe in the merit shop philosophy, which encourages open competition and the free-enterprise approach that awards contracts based solely on merit.  If you desire to learn more about the merit shop philosophy & values, you can go to

     Click here for a blank application form to become a candidate for an apprenticeship.

  For assistance with or questions about the application process email:  [email protected]
or call
In Lincoln 402-477-4451
In Omaha 402-344-4258


            The recruitment, selection, employment, and training of apprentices during their apprenticeship shall be without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex.