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How to Get Started in the Building Trades

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 8, 2022 9:00:00 AM / by Construct Your Future posted in apprenticeship, trades, career opportunities, Registered construction apprenticeships

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You’ve heard about a career in the building trades and know that it’s an exceptional choice, offering great pay, incredible benefits, and almost limitless opportunities. You’re sold (and why wouldn’t you be?). 

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What Qualities Make a Good Tradesperson?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 21, 2022 4:46:41 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in building trades, trades, careers, construction workers

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Thinking of joining the construction trades, and wondering if you have what it takes to be successful?

Being a successful tradesperson requires much more skill than simply being able to swing a hammer or weld a pipe. A master tradesperson has unique talents and meticulously honed skills developed over many years of training and hard work.

Similar to any job, it’s not just the hard skills and know-how that matter in the building trades; the soft skills matter, too. In fact, soft skills might matter more! Many of the most successful tradespeople entered their careers with little to no prior knowledge or experience in their field, but their soft skills are what have made them successful. So, what are those qualities and skills?

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A Good Living in the Trades - Good Pay, Vacation Time, Retirement Income, and Other Benefits

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 1, 2022 2:13:30 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in building trades, trades, career opportunities, benefits

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There’s nothing more satisfying than a job well done. But what might be even more satisfying is the day off after you finish a hard week’s work. All work and no play is no way to live. We don’t get up and go to work every day for the sake of working, we get up to make a living. A living for ourselves and for our families. And not just a living, a good living.

What is a good living? When summer rolls around, we want time off to go on vacations with our family and friends. We want a nice car or truck that gets us to work and then gets us out on the weekends. We want to play video games with our friends, go fishing, go water skiing, or have the family over for a holiday barbecue. The American dream looks different for everybody, but one thing is the same - PlayStations, fishing rods,  water skis, and gas grills aren’t cheap.  And time off to enjoy them isn’t always easy to get. Coming up on the 4th of July, it’s important to think about what independence really means.

Independence is the freedom to make what you want of your life, and that takes time and money. For decades, the construction trades have ensured that our workers have those freedoms. The building trades focus on what matters most - giving our craftspeople the kind of life they deserve after a hard day’s work. The world seems to squeeze harder and harder each year, but a tradesperson has great wages, vacation time, pension, and benefits. In the building trades, we don’t make do; we make a living.

Join us! The construction trades have room for every worker in America. Start making more money today without taking out a mountain of student loans that will weigh you down for decades. We’ll teach you what you need to know to start your new career and pay you while you learn. Come enjoy a fulfilling career and the independence that the American dream is built on in the building trades.

Happy Independence Day!

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In Construction, Your Safety Comes First

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 20, 2022 9:11:55 AM / by Construct Your Future posted in construction industry, job safety, Occupational Safety and Health Administration

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The best defense is a good offense. If you love games or have spent time in the military, you’ve surely heard this phrase. It means that the best way to defend, or protect, yourself is to be proactive, not reactive. The same approach applies to safety on a construction job site: the best way to prevent injury is to actively put safety first. Always.

By the numbers, construction still remains one of the most dangerous professions. What’s unrivaled, though, is the building trades’ dedication to the health, safety, and welfare of all workers. Safety is prioritized above all else. They’re on the offensive. Here’s how they work hard to put worker safety first:

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How the Construction Trades Support Mental Health

[fa icon="calendar'] May 31, 2022 3:42:12 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in building trades, trades, health and wellness

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Did you know that 1 in 5 adults in the United States reports living with a mental illness? That’s a staggering number! And, as we all know, mental illness and other struggles don’t magically disappear when we walk out the door for work in the morning, only to return when we clock out. It’s something that we carry with us, wherever we go.

Not only do we carry our struggles with us into our work life, but our work environments and workload can also play a big role in how we respond to those struggles. It can be make or break. That’s why it’s imperative that employers be aware of these issues and actively advocate for and develop a healthy physical and mental work environment.

While working in the construction industry can sometimes be challenging due to tight deadlines and demanding physical conditions, what’s unique about the construction trades is their unwavering commitment to their members’ health and well-being. Not only do the trades provide comprehensive health and wellness benefits, but they are also working hard to break the stigma around mental health while providing countless avenues for union members to get the help they need when they need it.

Many of the building trades have dedicated mental health programs for their members to raise awareness and provide needed resources and services. SMART Union has a Membership Assistance Program, IUPAT has Helping Hand, and the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers have a Member Assistance Program. These are just a few of many! There are also numerous joint initiatives, such as the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention. This level of awareness, care, and support of employees’ mental and emotional health is unparalleled across industries.

In the trades, there’s also support and camaraderie between coworkers like nowhere else. It’s a brotherhood and sisterhood. When one person is down, it impacts everyone. Tradespeople are notorious for their steadfast support of one another, no matter what struggles are being faced, and are always there to lift each other up.

In life, you will always have difficulties; what’s important is surrounding yourself with people who genuinely care. In the trades, you can be certain you will be cared for physically, mentally, and emotionally and you won’t have to face any challenge alone in work or personal life.

Are you ready to get started with a rewarding career where you know you’ll be supported through all of life’s ups and downs? Consider joining the thousands of men and women pursuing a career in the building trades. Learn how to get started today.

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Why Choose a Career in Construction?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 20, 2022 12:29:46 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in building trades, trades, construction jobs, careers

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When people think of construction work, they often think of jobs, and not careers. But for most in the construction trades, their work is not a job, not a career, but a true vocation. Don’t believe us? A recent report showed that 83% of tradespeople are highly satisfied in their choice of work!

What is it about the construction trades careers that is so appealing to hundreds of thousands of U.S. workers? Here are just a few of the reasons why a career in the construction trades is such a great choice:

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Do Construction Jobs Pay Well?

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 28, 2022 8:30:00 AM / by Construct Your Future posted in trades, construction jobs, careers, career opportunities

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There are a myriad of misconceptions and myths about work in the construction trades: that it’s grueling work, it’s dangerous, and, maybe the most common misconception, that it doesn’t pay well.

But the truth is the building trades don’t just offer good pay, they offer great pay. Did you know that some tradespeople earn high five-figure salaries, and can even make north of six figures as they progress in their career? The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook shows some impressive numbers for 2021 median pay in the trades:

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What it Takes to be an Electrical Lineman

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 18, 2022 8:00:00 AM / by Construct Your Future posted in electric utilities, electrician, careers, career opportunities, electrical industry

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There’s no doubt about it: lineworkers have one of the most important jobs in our country. They keep our lights on, quite literally. Lineworkers are responsible for setting up, maintaining, and repairing the power lines that bring electricity from the powerplant to our homes, businesses, and communities.

After a major storm, natural disaster, or other emergency, lineworkers are often some of the first on the scene, bravely facing the elements and risky situations to repair power lines and restore power. In between major events, lineworkers are always hard at work, delivering power to new developments and areas, and making sure our power lines are safe and secure.

It’s a big job, and with great power (pun intended) comes great responsibility: the responsibility to keep our nation up and running.

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7 Myths About Construction Work

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 28, 2022 4:07:06 PM / by Construct Your Future

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Every field and industry has its misconceptions, but construction work is one of the most misunderstood and stereotyped fields of work. Historically it’s gotten a pretty bad rap, but in reality, a career in the construction trades is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding careers out there. Let’s take a look at common myths about work in the construction trades and discover the truth:

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Breaking the Bias: Women in Construction

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 16, 2022 9:15:00 AM / by Construct Your Future posted in building trades, Women in the trades, women in trades

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Did you know that women made up only 11% of the construction industry in 2021, despite making up nearly half of the entire workforce in the U.S.?

Why? There’s a longstanding notion that construction work is a man’s work. A notion that women don’t belong on job sites; that they’re not strong enough or smart enough for jobs in construction. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Yet, this perception is so ingrained in our society many women don’t realize that construction trades are a path open to them, AND the path is open, and open wide.

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