“My family members told me about the apprenticeship program, and I kind of looked over it for a while. Eventually it came to me that this was a really good option. Before I became an apprentice, I was going through high school. I like the apprenticeship program; the money is not to complain about. I like working hard, at the end of the day, it’s a great feeling to know you got something accomplished. After the five years you will have a job, no matter where you go. There are other locals throughout the country where you can get a job that pays well. “
Benefits. Don’t. Stop.
"I had gone to college and got a degree prior to starting the apprenticeship. The apprenticeship teachers are fantastic. They help you get to wherever you need to get. They help figure out what you are struggling with and help give you answers. The journeymen that you usually work with on the job are more than helpful. I’m not guessing if I will have health benefits, with the Union Hall your benefits don’t stop. If you want something that’s going to give you steady work, no matter where you are, for the rest of your life, its all going to be right there for you."
“Before I became an apprentice, I was a heavy equipment operator through the IBEW. The program is tough, but it’s very rewarding, all the way through it. You are working while you are getting classroom work too. The benefit of this career field is that it’s always going to be there; you’re always going to need electricity. It’s not going to be able to be outsourced. We go through OSHA, get certified in CPR and basic first aid throughout the apprenticeship. There is always continuing education, even after you’re done with the apprenticeship program.”