In life, there’s no shortcut to success. Success comes from rolling up your sleeves and putting in the work. But here’s the good news: apprenticeships pave the way, putting you on the right track so you get there sooner. Apprenticeships offer a clear and straight path to a rewarding and successful career.
As we celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, the 2023 theme resonates loudly: "Registered Apprenticeship: Superhighway to Good Jobs." Apprenticeships are just that. If you've ever looked at a towering skyscraper or a beautifully crafted home and thought, "I want to be a part of creating that," then the building trades apprenticeship is your on-ramp to success.
Apprenticeships Offer a Clear Roadmap
To be successful, you need dreams and passion, but dreams and passion will only get you so far. You need a plan, a roadmap. That's where apprenticeships come in. The building trades offer registered apprentice programs, which are registered with the Department of Labor and offer a system of learning while earning and “learning by doing.” It combines training on the job with related and supplemental instruction at school.
Registered apprentice programs offer a clear and structured path to becoming a highly skilled craftsperson. It's like having a GPS for your career, guiding you through the twists and turns, helping you avoid pitfalls, and ensuring you get from point A to point B on the fastest and most direct route possible.
Apprenticeships Offer Hands-On Learning
Can you imagine being handed a driver’s license after only ever taking the classroom portion of driver’s education? What a train - or car - wreck that would be, quite literally. With apprentice programs, you will get hands-on learning in the classroom and, more importantly, on job sites where you will be matched up with employers who need your skills. Quite simply, apprenticeships are hands-on, providing you with real-world experience.
Apprenticeships Allow You to Earn While You Learn
Keys to the car and a tank full of gas? That’s apprenticeship: education and an income. With apprenticeships, you earn a wage from day one. Apprenticeships literally pay you to invest in your future—a win-win.
Apprenticeship is Mentorship
Imagine heading out on an unknown journey but having someone in the passenger seat who’s navigated the ups and downs of the roads ahead a thousand times before. That's the beauty of apprenticeships – you have seasoned professionals at your side, guiding the way. As an apprentice, you’re matched with experienced journey workers AND a Training Director in charge of your learning.
Once you’ve reached your destination - the end of your apprenticeship - you’ll have the skills, training, and industry-recognized certifications to prove it. You’ll be given the title of journeyworker; this title is given to people who have completed an apprenticeship. You’ll also be classified as a skilled person who possesses a valid journeyworker card or license.
These badges of expertise open doors to a world of opportunities and set you apart in the competitive job market. You’ll be set up for success from day one.
As we celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, remember that the superhighway to good jobs is right in front of you. Apprenticeships in the building trades offer a direct route to a successful and fulfilling career. So, roll up your sleeves, embrace the hands-on learning, and join the ranks of skilled professionals shaping the future—one brick, wire, or pipe at a time.
Your journey begins here. Buckle up and get ready for the ride of a lifetime!