Apprenticeship is a common thread that runs through almost every skilled trade career. It makes sense that you would learn in a hands-on and active atmosphere as the trades are a hands-on career. An apprenticeship is defined by the U.S. Department of Labor as “Apprenticeships combine paid on-the-job training with classroom instruction to prepare workers highly-skilled careers.” The apprenticeship model benefits both the apprentice and the employer. Apprentices benefit from learning a highly in-demand skill and getting paid to do it – earn while you learn! Employers benefit because they are able to bring on skilled employees who already have experience in their field and are able to get to work immediately.
If you or someone you know is considering a career in the trades and wanted to know what an apprenticeship might look like in their industry of choice, we have some helpful insights! The path to getting started with an apprenticeship will look different based on what trade you are pursuing. For trades in the contracting business, you can often approach a construction company in your area and ask if they are looking for an apprentice. Or you can take a more formal route. The U. S. Department of Labor has an Office of Apprenticeship that has a tool you can use to search available apprenticeships in your area – [View Tool Here].
If you are unsure which trade industry you might be interested in but know that an apprenticeship is the best way that you will learn and grow in your career, check out the list below for a variety of industries and careers that use the apprenticeship model from Apprenticeship.gov:
- Advanced Manufacturing – Machinist, plastics fabricator, tool and dye maker
- Construction – Carpenter, bricklayer, plumber, pipe fitter, electrician
- Energy – Gas utility worker, refinery operator
- Financial Services – Bank teller, insurance underwriter, credit coordinator
- Healthcare – Dental assistant, EMT, Nurse Aide, Paramedic
- Hospitality – Baker, cook, housekeeper
- Information Technology – Computer operator, computer programmer, information management
- Telecom – Telecommunications tower technician, wireless technician, telecommunications construction lead
- Transportation: Truck driver, diesel mechanic, heavy equipment mechanic
If you would like guidance and assistance in pursuing an apprenticeship, reach out to our team today!