10 Reasons why you should do an Apprenticeship
Apprenticeships give aspiring professionals the real world experience they need to get the edge in business. Soon after leaving school, it is possible to hit the road running and start work, while training.
For many, the apprenticeship route is an obvious choice. For others, it might not be the path they expected to follow. Some haven’t considered the opportunities and benefits that come as part and parcel of being an apprentice.
There are so many advantages of doing an apprenticeship.
1. You do not pay to learn. The company pays for your training.
2. Most apprenticeships offer a stipend or some pay, earn while you learn.
3. Chances of employment after training.
4. Hands on experience during the training.
5. No worries about getting attachment.
6. Opens doors to the trades, which are highly sought out positions worldwide.Australia, New Zealand, Canada, UK, are some countries that recruit skilled trades people.
7.Opportunities to start your own company, even soon after training.
8. Every work day is different, and if you enjoy working on your feet or with your hands, you will never have a dull day at work.
9. Training is usually short and no university degrees are required.
10. Entry into trades is not as competitive as university. Average students or those who are not so academically gifted have a chance to excel.
Becoming a skilled tradesperson in the plumbing, HVAC, or electrical fields has great earning potential.
Plumbers. In 2011, the average plumber made approximately $52,000. With that said, Time Magazine points out that in cities across the US, such as New York, LA, Chicago and Boston, plumbers are in high demand and can make up to $250,000/year! (www.bls.gov)
HVAC Technicians. The average HVAC technician made over $42,000 in 2010, with the top 10% of the industry earning approximately $67,000. Overtime pay is also a great benefit during extreme temperatures, giving you the chance to work more and earn extra money. (www.bls.gov)
Electricians. The average electrician in the United States makes just over $48,000 a year. (www.bls.gov)
Skilled trades people earn an average of US$50 000-80 000 per year. In Zimbabwean terms, this equates to about $5 000 per month! Obviously trades, don’t pay so much in Zimbabwe, in fact they are looked down on. This is a problem with our economy, we do not value the trades, hence we have not been able to maintain our roads, machinery, equipment and so on. We are focusing on blue color jobs only.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the demand for skilled tradespeople will explode in the next ten years:
Plumbers. Employment of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Construction of buildings and the need for new septic systems should drive demand for these workers. Overall job opportunities are expected to be good as some employers continue to report difficulty finding qualified workers. (www.bls.gov)
HVAC Technicians. Employment of qualified technicians is expected to increase 34% from 2010-2020. This predicted growth is based on the need for new climate-control systems, the large number of existing systems that will need to be replaced and the increasingly complex technology of newer systems. (www.bls.gov)
Electricians. Employment of electricians is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. As homes and businesses require more wiring, electricians will be needed to install the necessary components. Electricians with the widest variety of skills should have the best job opportunities. (www.bls.gov)
Opportunity for Advancing Your Career
Choosing a career as a skilled tradesperson presents you with an exciting professional path that promises job security and excellent earnings potential. Along with these great perks, hardworking, committed tradespeople are rewarded with high advancement potential within their field. From any starting point in the plumbing, HVAC, or electrical industries, you can climb the career ladder to gain more responsibility and ultimately make more money.
For the more ambitious, they may pursue further education, obtaining degrees and even specializing in their field. Other start their own companies and go on to excel in business.