Application Process

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The UVA Facilities Management Apprenticeship Program application will be posted online through UVA Workday. Applicants already employed by UVA should find the application through their existing Workday profile. The application will remain posted until April 29, 2022. Onboarding and orientation for Apprenticeship new hires will occur in late June or early July 2022.

One application is posted for all apprenticeship trades tracks available at UVA FM: Carpentry, masonry/plastering, electrical, plumbing and HVAC. Experience in the trades is not a requirement to apply. However, if you do have trades experience or education be sure to note it on your resumé and application.

UVA FM's website can serve as a resource for applicants to familiarize themselves with FM projects and initiatives.

Applications will only be accepted online.

As part of the application, the following documents and information are required:

  • Cover letter
  • Resumé
  • References: Name, phone numbers, and/or email addresses of three non-family former colleagues and/or supervisors who can attest to your skills and qualifications. Recent students may use a teacher or professor they have worked with closely.
  • Letter of recommendation from someone other than a family member. Additional letters of recommendation are optional.

Be sure to include all requested documents, as well as any previous trades experience or education you may have.

Phone interviews will be conducted on a rolling bases as applications are received. In-person interviews will be scheduled after the application period closes. Following interviews, finalists undergo background checks conducted via UVA Human Resources. Letters are then sent with formal offers or encouraging applicants to reapply the following year.

Recruitment will begin again in fall 2023.

About UVA FM Apprenticeship

The FM Apprenticeship Program was established in 1982 with the traditional four-year apprenticeship program model in which the apprentice begins training in their chosen trade from day one. The class which started at FM in summer 2021 was the first cohort to start under the new 2+2 Program model.

The 2+2 Program emphasizes basic training across multiple trades and workplace safety protocols during the first two years of apprenticeship. The program hires apprentices into restricted contract positions for one of two trades tracks: (1) Licensed trades consisting of electrical, HVAC, and plumbing, or (2) Non-licensed skilled trades including carpentry and masonry. The apprentices will receive hands-on experience in the respective licensed or non-licensed track, learning on-the-job from journey-level mentors, supervisors, and other colleagues who ensure the highest-quality facilities management for the University and UVA Health. During this time, apprentices will meet regularly with the Apprenticeship Program management team to review training progress, as well as participate in quarterly assessments with their supervisor.

At the end of the first two years, apprentices are reviewed on their acquired trades knowledge and applied learned skills to perform entry level trades tasks, in addition to meeting outlined academic requirements of a B or higher in their coursework. Apprentices partner with the Apprenticeship Program management team and stakeholders to then make an informed choice for a specialization, selecting their trade and completing their training during their third and fourth years.

Applicants must be able to meet the physical requirements for their prospective trades. They must be a high school graduate or hold a General Educational Development (GED) certificate by their start date.

The University's apprenticeship program was the first of its kind to be established by a state agency in Virginia and has been a model for other programs. In addition to the success and longevity of the program, Facilities Management is proud that many Apprentice Program graduates go on to make a career at the University.