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Why join the skilled trades?

Updated: Aug 3, 2019

We all desire a great lifestyle, stability, growth opportunities and bragging rights for our accomplishments. There’s a common misconception that the only way to make a decent living is to earn a college degree. You have other options. With so many college graduates still struggling to find work these days, what matters most is not always a degree, but a certifiable skill, i.e. something that requires specialized training.

Current shortages of skilled labor have put a spin on opportunities available to those who desire something different.

Due to a large population of older skilled trade workers (between 45 - 65) and impending retirement of baby boomers, and considering the fact that American high schools have largely shifted their focus to preparing students for four-year colleges rather than vocational school, employers such as Steel Encounters have amazing opportunities waiting for you in the skilled trades.

Reasons why the trades might make sense for you.

1. Demand. The commercial construction industry continues to grow which means a high demand for skilled labor - providing stability and opportunities. Best of all, most training happens on the job. So rather than going into debt for your education, you’re actually earning money while you learn.

2. The trades are well paid. Employers are willing to give you the boost you need to get started - including great starting pay, benefits, and incremental pay increases throughout certification programs.

3. Immediate job opportunities. If you have a high school diploma or GED and are 18 years old, even without any work experience you are able to start in the skilled trades and begin earning money right away.

4. Learning a skilled trade means a job for life. The world will always need skilled tradesmen including equipment operators, glaziers, welders and more. Registered apprenticeship programs combine on-the-job training with theoretical and practical classroom instruction. Sponsors include employers such as Steel Encounters, employer associations and joint labor/management organizations.

5. Job Satisfaction. Working in an office isn't for everyone. If you’re someone who prefers being creative and active or working with your hands to sitting at a desk, then the skilled trades are an ideal choice for you. What can possibly be more satisfying than helping to create a legacy you pass on to your children?

For more information on how to get started in the trades contact:

Tim Hall, Training Manager

Steel Encounters, Inc.

Phone: 801.478.8100


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