Apprenticeships in the Skilled Trades
While any job in the skilled trades will require some form of training, some trades require more formalized training than others. The training required for each trade can usually be obtained through vocational schooling or an apprenticeship.
An apprenticeship is on-the-job training with a mentor currently working in the field combined with classroom training. It is an earn-as-you-learn program where apprentices are paid during their training and typically earn a certification or credential at the completion of the program.
Apprenticeships: What to Look For
If you’ve decided obtaining an apprenticeship is the path for you, it’s important to look for a company that takes its in-house training seriously and follows the state requirements. Here are some things to look for:
- Is it a registered U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship?
- Who are their approved training providers? (Ex. Electricians must work under a Master Electrician to obtain approved hours)
- Do they offer scholarships or incentives for completing classes?
- Is the training a combination of real and virtual learning atmospheres?
- What are the job prospects after completing your apprenticeship?
Serve Electric Industrial Electrical Apprenticeship
If you’ve decided to become an industrial electrician, we believe the first and best place you should look for an apprenticeship is at Serve Electric (obviously). We don’t just say that biasedly, though. In fact, we started our in-house training program because after years of not having one, we realized there was a lack of training facilities that met our standards of effectively training industrial electricians.
Our U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Program is overseen by one of our many Master Electricians. His full responsibility is overseeing in-house training. Compared to other training programs, our apprentices learn the fundamentals and details within the industrial electrical trade, rather than commercial or residential. Our four-year program entails a combination of on-the-job and classroom training, all while being paid.
Career Growth with Serve Electric
Training our apprentices and seeing them flourish into journeymen, project managers, and even branch managers is why we do what we do. For us, and our team, there is no better sight to see than a first-year apprentice growing into a branch manager over the years. Serving isn’t just something we do for our customers. We are here to serve our employees by giving them the resources and knowledge that they need to grow a successful career.
If you’re interested in learning more about our in-house training, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.