Why should I promote apprenticeship to students who have the grades for college?

There are more and better opportunities in the construction profession than any time in its history. New technologies are being developed every day, and the need for talented, enthusiastic young people is essential.

Educators overlook promoting construction careers for a variety of reasons: they think the work is too physically demanding, or that it's not academically challenging, or that it's difficult for students to get "in." The truth is, trained construction professionals are in high demand so the trades are always looking for qualified applicants. While the work is physically demanding, many men and women meet those demands every day. In fact, it's a great way to stay in shape. Plus, the building and construction trades are professions requiring a great deal of academic knowledge like algebra, geometry, physics, trigonometry, chemistry, and, of course, reading. After all, could you imagine a plumber who didn't understand the geometry of circular pipes or an electrician who couldn't read blue prints?

If you ask anyone with a career in the construction industry, they'll tell you they love what they do. There are many reasons for such high job satisfaction. First and foremost, construction professionals make great money and receive generous benefits. And, they begin making money right away, even during their apprenticeship. Factor in generous health benefits and life planning for themselves and their families, and it's easy to see that the construction professional is the right financial fit for today's young people. In fact, trained construction professionals earn a salary higher than many white-collar professions. Total compensation packages approaching or even exceeding $100,000 are not uncommon. And, with portable skills, construction professionals can advance their careers around the country or around the globe.

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