An apprenticeship program is an excellent choice because it provides real-life opportunities that cannot be duplicated in any other training program. Apprenticeships are available in three main trades - construction, industrial/manufacturing, and service.
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If you have a field in mind but are unsure of what specific apprenticeship interests you, try browsing by these trade areas.
- Construction apprentices build and repair residential, commercial and industrial structures. Work is often outdoors and may require travel. Local trade committees that sponsor construction apprenticeships are designated as either JAC (joint worker/manager representation and subject to collective bargaining agreements), or ABC (sponsored by Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin, a merit-shop employer association). Local committees develop their own operational policies and selection procedures subject to the approval of the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards.
- Industrial/Manufacturing workers make almost all the products we use. These apprentices set-up, operate, build and repair the machinery and equipment needed for food processing and the production of paper goods, automobiles, electrical equipment and machinery. Work is usually conducted indoors at a modern facility. Individual companies hire their own apprentices through varying selection procedures, and they often give preference to current workers.
- Service apprenticeships provide personal care and service needs. This diverse group of occupations includes workers in personal services (barber/cosmetologists and cook/chef), utilities (electric line trade, metering technician) and public safety (correctional officer, fire fighters). As with the industrial trades, those interested in service apprenticeship must apply directly to the employer or company operating the apprenticeship program.
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