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Construction Trades Apprenticeships Offer Great Opportunities for Transitioning Military

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 18, 2022 9:00:00 AM / by Construct Your Future posted in building trades, apprenticeship, apprenticeships, military, career opportunities, National Apprenticeship Week, registered apprenticeship program

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The transition from military to civilian life can be tough. The military is a way of life, not just a job.  It’s a way of life that comes with great purpose, passion, belonging, and pride that can be difficult to replicate in a civilian career. And while they are highly trained, experienced, and skilled, transitioning veterans may find it difficult to secure a career where they feel like their unique talents can be put to good use. Many say they feel like a square peg trying to fit into a round hole.

There’s one industry, though, that is a natural fit for veterans and transitioning military: the construction trades. Between the hands-on, goal-oriented nature of the work, the deep camaraderie among team members, and the celebration of skills like handiness, strategic thinking, leadership, adaptability, problem-solving, and more, it should come as no surprise that tens of thousands of veterans have found fulfilling and successful careers in the trades.

How did they find that success and make the transition? Through a registered apprenticeship program!

An apprenticeship is a program where workers learn a skilled trade through a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction. Apprenticeship is similar to college in that it offers advanced instruction from an accredited program that prepares you for your career. Unlike college, however, apprentices earn while they learn and get paid while they’re on the job site. It’s certainly a great choice compared to sitting in a lecture hall for 4 years, especially for transitioning military who are used to a much more active, engaged, and hands-on way of life.

Not only do apprenticeships pay, but veterans can also can use their GI Bill benefits to supplement their income while completing a registered apprenticeship program. Many transitioning from the military don’t realize that GI Bill benefits can be used outside of more traditional education routes, including registered apprenticeships approved by the federal government. What’s great is that this is in addition to the income earned from on-the-job training!

The support for veterans in the building trade apprenticeship programs is unparalleled. Few industries have the reverence and respect for veterans and transitioning military like the construction trades. In fact, many have designed specific initiatives and programs to help veterans make a successful transition. A great example of this is The Veteran’s Electrical Entry Program (VEEP) by the electrical training ALLIANCE, which provides transitioning service members and recently separated veterans a more streamlined way to enter an apprenticeship in the high-demand field of electrical work.

If you’re an active service member who is about to transition or a veteran looking for a mission-focused and purpose-driven career - one where you feel like you fit in and your talents can be fully used and celebrated - we encourage you to explore a career in the construction trades. Learn more about apprenticeships, and get started today.

Veterans and active duty service members, we honor you and would be honored to work beside you.

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Why an Apprenticeship?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 14, 2022 9:00:00 AM / by Construct Your Future posted in apprenticeship, career opportunities, Registered construction apprenticeships, National Apprenticeship Week, registered apprenticeship program

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With a record-high number of construction jobs available and hiring managers that are happy to hire just about anyone who is able-bodied, you may be wondering: why bother with an apprenticeship?

It all depends on your goals. If you simply want a job for the next 6 months or the next year, we’ll be honest: an apprenticeship probably isn’t for you. BUT, if you’re excited about a career and want to get started today learning and honing a true craft, there’s no better path forward than through an apprenticeship program. 

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Safety is Front and Center in a Registered Apprenticeship Program

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 18, 2020 12:08:13 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in construction industry, Construct Your Future, registered apprenticeship program, job safety, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Safety Stand Down Week

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For the men and women who work in construction, the most important goal is to go home safe at the end of each shift.

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History of Labor Day Led to Registered Apprenticeship Programs

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 4, 2020 12:47:01 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in construction industry, Construct Your Future, registered apprenticeship program, Labor Day

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Every year in September, the men and women who built this country and fought for better conditions and protections on behalf of all workers are remembered and celebrated.

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Apprentices Keep Learning On-the-Job During COVID-19

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 6, 2020 11:54:05 AM / by Construct Your Future posted in construction industry, Construct Your Future, registered apprenticeship program, job safety, COVID-19

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As the coronavirus pandemic forced the United States and the rest of the world's educational systems to switch much of its learning online, construction industry apprentices were able to adapt much quicker because a major component of their learning was unchanged. 

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Apprenticeship offers different paths for prospective electricians

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 20, 2020 3:09:33 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in electrician, Construct Your Future, registered apprenticeship program, electrical industry

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Do you have an interest in building or renovating the stadium where your favorite sports team plays? Love heights and want to climb utility poles? Or perhaps you want to help companies become more efficient through improved telecommunication? All of these career paths begin with a registered apprenticeship program.

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Moving Up as an Electrician

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 24, 2020 1:24:05 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in apprenticeship, electrician, Construct Your Future, career opportunities, registered apprenticeship program

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Opportunities are endless for those who start their career as an electrician through a registered apprenticeship program. Just like most jobs, you get what you put into it.  If you set goals and work to accomplish them, you will get where you want to be.

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Despite Technology Advancements, Construction Jobs Are Here to Stay

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 1, 2020 9:15:16 AM / by Construct Your Future posted in construction industry, apprenticeship, Construct Your Future, registered apprenticeship program

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The use of technology in construction has aided the industry in ways that go largely unnoticed by those who do not spend time on job sites or work in the industry. And despite these technological advancements, construction jobs are not going anywhere.

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Apprenticeship Programs Adapt to Distance Learning

[fa icon="calendar'] May 20, 2020 3:31:39 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in apprenticeships, Construct Your Future, career opportunities, registered apprenticeship program, COVID-19, online learning

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Educational institutions adapted quickly to distance learning due to the Coronavirus pandemic; registered apprenticeship programs have done the same.

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National Women in Construction Week seeks to continue changing the industry

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 19, 2020 3:48:40 PM / by Construct Your Future posted in Construct Your Future, registered apprenticeship program, women in trades, National Women in Construction Week

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The week of March 1st was dubbed National Women in Construction Week by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). It served as an initiative to not only celebrate women in construction, but spread the word about this viable career opportunity.

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