Union Apprenticeship Programs ~ An Open Door to Some Very Good Jobs
by Bill Golden
CEO, IntelligenceCareers, Inc.
A common lament by employers is that they cannot find qualified tradesmen to fill highly skilled manufacturing or tradescraft positions.
Simply put: these people just do not wander in off the street. They do not usually graduate from local community colleges, and high schools with technical training programs only have time and resources to provide basic introductory training, sufficient to steering a student in the right direction. Due to budget constraints, many of these high school programs have been eliminated.
There is a way however to get solid training and experience in the skilled trades if you are willing to invest the time necessary to master the trades skills. Consider joining a union.
There are MANY apprenticeship programs offered by the unions: Just google the following: http://tinyurl.com/7gpskt5
Not everyone needs a college degree to make good money ~ BUT you do need certifiable skills. You MUST be demonstrably good at something with a specific skillset to offer to employers.
How do you get those skills?
To get these skills you could go to a community college and seek out an industry certification. Many community colleges link their curriculum to the local economy and with local businesses ~ where business is willing to partner by agreeing to hire students and to provide paid apprenticeships. Unfortunately these opportunities are rare as too many employers want skills to walk in off the street and to be ready to perform without any training or mentorship.
To learn these valuable skillsets you could also contact your local union.
Whether you like unions or not, unions may be your best bet for securing a good paying job because they will teach you the tradecraft and provide you a paycheck while doing so. They will help you find work where skilled craftsmen are needed.
Below is just one example out of many union apprenticeships that will lead to a good future with good pay because you took the time ~ and were given the opportunity to get experience and mentorship ~ in seeking out a better career opportunity than just opening a stack of books (which is not a bad plan if that is also of interest to you and your degree is in demand).
Most unions require that you apply in person for an apprenticeship.
Some unions require you to provide certain documents before you can apply, such as a copy of your high school diploma or GED certificate, along with a transcript of your grades. We suggest that you contact the unions directly to ask about their specific application dates and requirements.
Just One Example of MANY
Union Apprenticeship Programs – New England
Apprentice Programs in Asbestos, Boilermakers, Bricklayers, Carpentry, Electrical & Tele-communications, Electrical, Elevator Construction, Engineering – Hoisting and Portable, Floor covering, Ironworkers, Linemen, Mill and Machine Erectors, Painters, Pile drivers, Pipefitting, Plasterers and Cement Masons, Plumbing, Printing Pressman, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Oil Burners, Roofing, Sheet Metalworking, Sprinkler Fitters, and Telecommunications.
There are MANY apprenticeship programs offered by the unions.
To find one in your area just google the following: http://tinyurl.com/7gpskt5
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