Getting Started in Skilled Trades
There are many ways to get into well-paying fields in construction, depending on your preference. Explore the options below and click the buttons to find the best next step for you!
Choose Your Path
A training program prepares students with skills for careers in the carpentry industry and emphasizes a combination of theory and practical applications necessary for successful employment.
Students completing a training program obtain the qualifications for an entry–level positions in their chosen trade.
Standard training programs include:
- Technical Colleges
- Quick-Start Programs
- Training Academies
Jump straight into the workforce and learn as you work and get paid.
On-the-job training for construction careers is a hands-on learning approach where you’ll work directly at construction sites under the guidance of experienced professionals.
It involves practical tasks related to whichever trade you want to pursue, such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, or masonry. During this training, you’ll gain essential skills, learn safety protocols, and become familiar with the tools and equipment specific to your field.
This immersive learning experience equips you with real-world expertise and prepares you for a successful career in the construction industry. As you progress and master skills, you’ll take on increasingly complex responsibilities, making on-the-job training a valuable stepping stone to a fulfilling construction career.
A construction apprenticeship program is a structured training initiative designed to prepare people for careers in the construction industry.
Through a combination of instruction, on-the-job training, and mentorship, apprenticeship programs equip you with the skills and knowledge needed for a career in the construction industry. When completed, most programs offer a certification and job placement assistance.
Compare Your Options
After 4 years, you could have over $100k of debt…
or $200k in the bank!
Traditional 4-Year Degree(in-state school)
- Four years of classes @ $26,027 per year
- Classes in all “core” subjects, regardless of major
- Look for work after 4 years
- Uncertain job demand after graduation
- Advanced degrees needed for many careers and higher pay
Skilled Trades(Apprenticeship + Work)
- Hands-on training ($0 with grants)
- Study what you love to do
- Start working and earning in months
- Millions of jobs in demand
- No advanced degrees required
- Unlimited earning potential
Resources for Students
Our guides break down skilled trade career options, including pathways, salaries and training programs to get you started on the path to your goals.
Events and Webinars
Looking for more info on getting into the skilled trades? Whether it’s questions about specific careers or learning more about your options, our upcoming events and on-demand webinars are a great way to get the info you need to make the best decision for your future.
Videos for Students
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Construction Careers News for Students
Check out our articles, guides and downloadable resources to help you get started on the road to a career in skilled trades.
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