There is no “right” way to enter the construction industry. With so many paths to choose from, you can easily find a profession that fits you and your future. Whether you’re a recent high school graduate, underemployed or looking for a career change, you can get started in the industry at any time.

Here are five tips for entering the industry:

  • Prepare early. Preparation can start before training and may include CTE classes in high school, completing projects around the house, or volunteering at an organization like Habitat for Humanity.
  • Explore pre-apprenticeship options. Pre-apprenticeships prepare students for a career in construction and can include learning about the trades, hands-on work and industry certifications. More information can be found here.
  • Consider entry-level employment. Entry-level jobs for positions like shop helper, materials handler, and laborer can be found on usual job boards like Indeed or Craigslist. But not all companies advertise these openings. So instead, visit a company with your resume and ask to fill out an application. Entry-level work is a great way to learn the industry.
  • Research before applying. An apprenticeship requires 2-5 years of occupational training that combines supervised on-the-job training experience with classroom instruction. Registered apprenticeships advertise when they are accepting applications, opening announcements can be found here. Thoroughly research all trade programs before applying.
  • Check out community college offerings. Community colleges offer many programs to launch your career in construction. This includes trade-specific apprenticeship courses and one to two-year certificate programs.

Have you decided on a skilled trade? If you’re not sure where to start, take our quiz and we’ll provide you with a set of skilled trades worth exploring. You can also check out the careers page to learn more about each profession. 

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