If you’re out of work or looking for a career change, you may be interested in entering the construction industry. Or, if you work in the field, you might want to retrain for a different career path. In any case, an apprenticeship may be beneficial for you.
An apprenticeship is not targeted just at recent graduates. In fact, there is no upper age limit for participants. Adults of any age can learn and work at the same time.
Discover how an apprenticeship works and how you can use one to land your first construction job.
How an Apprenticeship Works
An apprenticeship combines classroom instruction and practical training in the construction industry. In most cases, 20% of the program is in the classroom and 80% is in the field.
You work with an experienced professional to gain knowledge and skills while earning an income. Examples of specializations include carpentry, masonry, plumbing, and welding.
Depending on the level of the qualification, an apprenticeship typically takes 1-5 years to complete. However, a fast-track course may be available to train in less time. This tends to be an attractive option to begin advancing and earning a higher income in a shorter amount of time.
Where to Look for an Apprenticeship
Apprenticeships often are hosted by construction companies. These companies may have an internal program or partner with local association chapters or community colleges. Many organizations customize their apprenticeships to fit their current and future workforce needs.
Many employers offer training plans, progress reviews, and mentoring programs to maximize the apprenticeship. As a result, you may be offered a full-time after completion.
Apprenticeships also may be hosted by construction associations. Examples include the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Completion of an apprenticeship can lead to industry credentials and certifications that show your skills and knowledge.
The qualifications to participate in an apprenticeship depend on the program. In most cases, you must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED.
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