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As the construction trades are faced with both a growing number of retirements and projected growth, there is a strong demand for apprentices to fill vacant positions. With the cost of college attendance continuing to rise, an apprenticeship offers an earn-while-you-learn approach that allows you to get paid from day one.
Certified apprenticeship trainers educate their students in the classroom and on the job as they progress from apprentice to journeyperson. The length and requirements of the program may vary, depending on the trade, but all applicants are required to have a driver’s license, high school diploma or GED and pass a drug test.
Andrew Fuchs, training coordinator for Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 137, values the total package for a union tradesperson at $62.50 an hour. This includes an hourly wage between $35 and $45 depending on the trade, health care for the worker’s entire family and a pension plan. Once becoming a journeyperson, the union allows you to be employed anywhere in the country that has a local and all benefits transfer with you, giving you the option to relocate.
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