When you sign up for an apprenticeship, you can learn skills in construction trades, manufacturing, facilities maintenance, public utilities, and more.
And with so many people retiring these days, workers in these areas are in demand.
Apprentices work full time, usually starting at half the wage of a worker who has been certified in the occupation. They receive regular pay increases as they learn to perform more complex tasks, and take classes as they learn on the job.
Keep in mind that apprenticeships can be very competitive. If you get discouraged along the way, or if someone tells you "no," then maybe you're talking to the wrong person. Be persistent. Call apprenticeship programs directly, even if they're full or not accepting applications at this time. See if they are offering orientations or have tips about filing an application. Ask for an informational interview or see if you can visit a work site or shop.
Review the Apprenticeship Guide at www.oregon.gov/BOLI/ATD/index.shtml, or contact Atdemail.firstname.lastname@example.org, (971) 673-0760. Also, all apprenticeship programs qualify for Veteran GI Bill benefits!
To prepare to become an apprentice, it is important to:
- Study math, science, and communication;
- Earn your high school diploma or GED;
- Stay drug free;
- Ask questions of people who work in occupations that offer apprenticeships;
- Keep a good driving record and reliable transportation; and
- Learn what a good work ethic is and practice it.
Source: Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries