CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A job fair at the University of Virginia is giving people a chance to become apprentices in some skilled trades. The job fair wrapped up on Wednesday morning, but the UVA Apprenticeship Program is still accepting applications.

People accepted into the apprenticeship program will spend four years honing their skills in HVAC, plumbing, or electrical trades. The program is open to all members of the community.

Dozens of attendees at the fair learned about the opportunity for full-time positions. People who are already apprentices were on hand to answer questions.

 “I know that coming here and being at [UVA], I’d get a chance to work with hundreds of different businesses and different people in the fields, as well as being able to talk to some of the upper echelon of the business field here at UVA,” said first-year apprentice Benjamin Melugin.

Melugin says in addition to making different business contacts, the apprenticeship programs let him work on all kinds of HVAC system at UVA.

Those who get the jobs will work 40 hours a week while getting full benefits from UVA and will attend a minimum of one night class per week at a training school. The UVA Apprenticeship Program is accepting applications online until March 15.