who we are

Drexel J Thrash Training Center

Registered Union Apprenticeship

The Value we deliver

Ohio Laborers’ Training and Apprenticeship Program is the training arm for the Laborers’ District Council of Ohio and Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA). We offer the best in new member training as well as the best in continuing education for the construction workforce. 

By opening the doors to opportunity, we help apprentices improve and add to their skills, advance in their careers and gain a competitive advantage in a tough marketplace.

Each year, hundreds of LIUNA apprentices attend our training in building construction: heavy and highway construction; underground construction; environmental remediation, demolition, rehabilitation and restoration.

LIUNA members are a half-million strong women and men fighting for better wages and benefits, safer job sites and more opportunity. 

We do not discriminate by race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age 40 or older, genetic information, or disability. However,  to begin your career you must meet these requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Valid driver's license
  • High school diploma/GED
  • Drug-free

Action & adventure

Laborers – formally known as Construction Craft Laborers – are involved in nearly every construction project.  They are typically employed on-site from the day a project begins until the day it is completed.  Laborers build and repair roads, highways, bridges, and tunnels; construct buildings; install gas lines; clean up hazardous waste sites; and much more.  Among specfic tasks Laborers do are- drilling and blasting, erecting scaffolding, mason tending, pipe laying, grade checking, cutting steel, operating power equipment, traffic control and installing intellegent transportation systems.  From small one day jobs to massive multi-year construction projects, Ohio Laborers do it all.

Comfortable living wage

Laborers can make over $30 per hour. You don’t have to wait until you “graduate” to start making money. Apprentices work and get paid while learning the trade. Apprentice wages increase as you progress through the Apprenticeship Program, as illustrated in the chart.

Training & education at no additional cost

Unlike going to college, you will not accumulate student loan debt as a Laborer Apprentice. Both classroom and on- the-job training are available at no additional cost to our Laborer Apprentices. As a Laborer Apprentice, you will learn skills by attending a minimum of 144 hours of classroom training per year. You will practice and develop what you learn in the classroom with a skilled journey worker(s) for 4,000 hours of on-the-job training.