Hands On Exploration Of Careers In Construction
Construct Tomorrow: For Teachers and Counselors
2016 Construct Tomorrow Schedule of Events
- October 12 & 13, 2016 | Twin Cities | Scout Base Camp
- October 19, 2016 | Virginia | Range Rec Ctr
- October 26, 2016 | Mankato | Location TBD
- November 9, 2016 | Bemidji | Sanford Center Bemidji
These are facts you probably know…
According to the Harvard study completed in 2011, “Only 30% of Americans complete a bachelor’s degree by their mid-20’s. “The American system for preparing young people to lead productive and prosperous lives as adults is clearly, badly broken.” -report: Pathway to Prosperity
What do the experts say?
According to the Minnesota Department of Education, by the year 2020, almost ¾ of the all the jobs in the state will require some post-secondary education. Half of these jobs will require a bachelor’s degree or beyond, with the remainder requiring a certificate, diploma or associate’s degree.
What’s happening in Minnesota?
Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)/August 2013
While the construction industry took a huge hit in the recession, signs are pointing towards a comeback. Private businesses are again investing in commercial and industrial construction, and the industry is adding jobs with projections for future growth looking strong. Heavy and civil engineering construction will drive future growth. With several sub-sectors becoming highly-concentrated in the region, numerous in-demand occupations and current job vacancy rates around 3.9%, it is a great time for job seekers to think about breaking into the industry.
You want to be the best resource possible to your students. You can identify some bright, energetic and kinesthetic leaners that you realize are not suited for the 4-year college track. What kind of information could you deliver to that group of students?
Things you should know.
Apprenticeship training offers paid on-the-job training with full benefits for those that want to work in the construction industry. There are 16 different kinds of careers available including Heat and Frost Insulators, Pipefitters, plumbers, Sprinklerfitters, Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers to name a few. For a full list visit: www.constructioncareers.org.
- An apprentice works at a real construction site and is paid an hourly wage and is supervised and trained by journey-level workers. Earn as you learn.
- The average starting wage is $15.00 per hour.
- The apprentices will also attend “related technical training” at the union training facility (an average of 144 hours per year of apprenticeship) but most of the training takes place on-the-job.
- There may be costs associated with apprenticeship training, but they are minimal in comparison to college tuition costs.
- In 3 – 5 years, depending on the trade, the person will graduate, or journey-out.
The minimum requirements to enter into apprenticeship are:
- A high school diploma or a GED
- Drug Free
- Driver’s license and reliable transportation
- Basic math and reading skills
‘Construct tomorrow’ at Humboldt High School!!!
Published on Oct 17, 2013 ‘Construct Tomorrow’ launched its first program to introduce high school students to careers and training in the construction trades at Humboldt High School in St. Paul, Minnesota. Over 100 high school students spent several hours learning about a wide variety of crafts and jobs available to them through union apprenticeship programs. Crafts represented at the school included electricians, bricklayers, operating engineers, sheet metal workers, painters and iron workers.
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