The How To’s of Apprenticeships in Wisconsin
Source: buildyourcareerwi.org with ABC (Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc)
With an apprenticeship, you start with a job and build a career. Simply put, a contractor hires you, and then you enroll in the ABC of Wisconsin Apprenticeship Program. Over the next three to five years, you will learn everything you need – through in-class and on-the-job training – to strive in all aspects of your chosen trade. The best part: you get paid!
Five top Reasons to Consider Apprenticeships
- Earn while you learn - an ABC of Wisconsin apprentice starts getting paid on day one for on-the-job training and in-class instruction.
- Room for Advancement - A career in construction is anything but a dead-end job. From graduating high school to retirement, there are numerous ways to move up the career ladder within your chosen trade.
- Jobs are available NOW - The skills gap is a real problem facing contractors today. There are simply not enough skilled workers to fill the jobs that are currently available. In the next few years, the construction industry will need as many as two million new craft professionals to fill the jobs available. While others struggle to find work, you can start your career in one of the most in-demand fields in the country.
- Pride in Craftsmanship - Those in the construction industry also get a sense of accomplishment as the structure they are working on is completed. Just imagine how it would feel to drive by a building and tell a friend or family member, “I built that.”
- A Career for Life - Construction is one of the largest industries in the country, and it is not going away anytime soon. As long as people need homes, schools, hospitals and more, the construction industry will exist.
12 Apprenticeship options in Wisconsin - go to http://buildyourcareerwi.org/the-trades/ to research them further
- Concrete Finishing
- Construction Craft Laborer
- Heat & Frost Insulation
- Heavy Equipment Operating
- Sprinkler Fitting
- Sheet Metal
- Steam Fitting
If you would like additional information or have questions, please contact the ABC of Wisconsin office at 608-244-6056.
WCTC Apprenticeship Programs:
- Concrete Finishing (ABC) Maintenance Technician
- Electrician (ABC) Plumbing (ABC)
- Industrial Electrician Tool and Die Maker
- Injection Mold Setup (Plastic)
- Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright
How do I apply for for apprenticeships? Applying and figuring out the process can be tricky, so here is a website to help: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/apprenticeship/construction_trades.htm#apply
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