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APPRENTICE APPRENTICESHIP TRAINEE TRADE PROGRAMS
Apprentice, apprenticeship, trainee and trade programs. If you don't have enough money to start college and you don't want to rack up thousands of dollars in student loan debt for you or your parents, why not consider being an apprentice and train with an employer for free while you get paid? That's the way it used to work before many of our jobs were shipped overseas to cheap labor areas, but some of these programs still exist and the government is willing to help with grants/awards. The government says there are over 150,000 employers in over 1,000 occupations willing to train you. They help the employer and you can get a grant (a loan you don't have to pay back).
Why haven't you heard much of this in the mainstream media? It doesn't make money, it's not a "system" that takes your money so it's not greed driven or advertised heavily like colleges are or places like Devry (not that there is anything wrong with that, it's the American way), I'm just saying the apprenticeship programs don't make anyone money so there's no big push in the media to get the word out.
US Department of Labor - ApprenticeshipUSA is the main page to find out more about this and what our government does for employers and apprentices. Basically, how it works is that employers get a monetary break to train someone to do a certain job one-on-one and the trainee can get a grant from this program to get paid to learn a valuable lifelong skill. These jobs are usually very skill-focused and not something that can just be shown in a few hours. They can range from things like computer skills, carpentry, electrician, painting, health care to factory work and a lot more.
Who uses the government ApprenticeshipUSA program? Plenty of big-name employers such as: United Parcel Service (UPS), Ford Motor Company, Buhler Aeroglide, Oberg Industries, Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., Blue Cross Blue Shiels of South Carolina, SEIU Healthcare and many, many more. Many occupations with long-term growth and benefits that can keep you employed until retirement age. Last year the government gave employers 90 million dollars to train people how to do a specific skill.
Here are some facts on the government apprenticeship program:
* In FY 2015, more than 197,500 individuals nationwide entered the apprenticeship system
* Nationwide, there are approximately 448,000 apprentices currently obtaining the skills they need to succeed while earning the wages they need to build financial security.
* In FY 2015, over 52,500 participants graduated from the apprenticeship system.
* Good news for military vets, The United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) employed around 57,000 new vets in 2015.
* Virginia, as small as it is, led the nation with 2,168 apprenticeship programs hiring 17,000+ new trainees in 2015. They do have a lot of manufacturing jobs. California led the charge with 40,000+ new trainees at 207 employer programs.
Here are some apprenticeship jobs from Indeed. Type in your city/state and 'apprentice program' or 'trade programs' or 'trainee jobs' to see what's available in your area. Check out each job, sometimes they don't sound like they're looking for a trainee by the way the job comes up, but they really are willing to train you into that position.
Jobs from Indeed
You can also try: Glassdoor.com for apprenticeship jobs. You choose by state on a colored map.
There's also the government website, but no guarantee any of the jobs listed have any actual openings as the searches above are live and up-to-date whereas the government website is probably far behind, but still there's a chance: Appretice programs in your city and state.
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