How to Find the Perfect Apprenticeship
November 04, 2021
By combining technical training with on-the-job experience, apprenticeships can jumpstart your career in the construction industry. Between all the different craft positions, trades, and companies, how do you find the perfect apprenticeship for you?
Evaluate and Educate
When making any big career decision, you must first ask yourself ‘what am I interested in doing?’ If you’re looking for a job where you can work with your hands, or leave a legacy with your work, or climb the career ladder; a career in construction is perfect for you! Explore the career center on our website to learn about different opportunities in the construction industry.
If a specific trade catches your eye, evaluate your previous experience for transferrable skills. While no experience is necessary for most apprenticeships, you’d be surprised at how many skills are transferrable between industries. You’re probably more experienced than you think!
Connect with a Career Consultant
Maybe you’ve poked around on the career center but still don’t know which path to take. BYF Arizona is here to help! You can schedule a 1-on-1 with a career consultant to help you identify your interests and next steps. Our career consultants are experts in what’s available in the industry and can help you map out a career that aligns with your goals. When you’re building a future in construction, you’re never building alone.
Do Your Homework
After meeting with a career consultant, it’s up to you to take the next step. Researching the apprenticeships you’re interested in and the companies that offer them will be key to finding the perfect opportunity for you. Consider the following:
- Company Size & Specialty – Are you looking to learn from a company with a national reach or one deeply rooted in your community? Both provide different advantages when it comes to opportunities for growth and leaving a legacy. The type of construction a company specializes in will also dictate the experience you’ll have on your resume, whether that is industrial, residential, or commercial.
- Reviews & Testimonials – Do you know anyone who has completed an apprenticeship with a specific company? What was their experience? If you don’t know anyone currently or previously in an apprenticeship program, reach out to our Career Consultants who can share more information, or watch some of our videos that spotlight craft professionals and their stories for a more behind-the-curtain view
- Registered Apprenticeship Programs – Registered apprenticeship programs are registered and approved by organizations like the US Department of Labor and the National Center for Construction, Education & Research (NCCER). These apprenticeships are paid, include regular wage increases, and earn you industry-recognized credentials crucial for your career. Many registered apprentices can get college credit or an associate degree as part of their program! When researching an apprenticeship, always connect with the employer to find out the details on the program you’re considering.
You’ve found the apprenticeship you believe is perfect for you, the next step is to apply for the position. Check out BYF Arizona’s Career Center for available positions. We recommend applying for a couple of different apprenticeships to properly consider your options, as you’ll learn more about each program throughout the interview process. If you need any assistance in applying or interviewing, reach out to a career consultant –we’re happy to help!