UVA Facilities Management is excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Apprenticeship Program from April 24th through midnight on May 30, 2021. 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 new class starting in summer 2021 will be the first cohort to start under a 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 will hire apprentices into a restricted two-year contract position 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 will be reviewed for how well they have 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 will 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.
Review the videos below to see why the UVA Apprenticeship Program is an exciting career path.
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FM Apprenticeship hires 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.
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
- 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.
The application will be posted at UVA Jobs Openings. Be sure to include all requested documents, as well as any previous trades experience or education you may have.
Interviews will be conducted after all completed applications have been evaluated. 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.
At the beginning of August, new apprentices will begin their onboarding and prepare to begin work. Recruitment will begin again the following fall.