Why Push Students to the Skilled Trades?

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Apprentices have a 98% job placement rate, and are twice as likely to graduate their program than 4-year universities
Amazing Opportunities
Starting in a skilled trade opens doors to becoming a manager, instructor, or small business owner
Earn While You Learn
Apprentices start earning money from their first day on the job, usually around $60,000 per year
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Careers in skilled trades are forecasted to grow 30%+ over the next 10 years
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Hundreds of thousands of people working in skilled trades are earning over $80,000 per year!
What is a skilled trade?

A skilled trade is an occupation that requires a specific skillset, knowledge, or ability. Typically these skills take 1-4 years to achieve proficiency.

What opportunities exist for students who want to learn a trade during and after high school?

The fastest way to enter a skilled trade is through an apprenticeship. Apprentices start earning money right away, while learning a skill that will allow them to earn an incredible salary. Mid-career tradesmen and women routinely earn $80,000+.

Anyone interested can apply for an apprenticeship directly through Classet.

What are the different types of skilled trade careers?

In some capacity, every industry in the world depends on a skilled trade.

Examples include: Electricians, Carpenters, Framers, Heavy Equipment Operators, Plumbers, HVAC/Sheet Metal Technicians, Welders, Mechanics, and many careers in the medical, hospitality, and fashion industries.

What different certificates and credentials can a student earn and what do they mean?

There is government regulation around what careers require certification in the trades. Unions and accredited programs help ensure their apprentices receive all the required certifications.

The Department of Labor regulates approved apprenticeships with a certification, but graduate placement percentage is a great way to evaluate apprenticeships. If you have a question or don't see a program's placement percentage, you can contact us for more information!

How do Unions function and how do they fit into the skilled trades?

Many skilled trade apprenticeships are run by local (or even national) unions. This can be a highly desirable route because it comes with a guaranteed pay scale, full benefits, and a pension plan.

That being said, there are many non-union, paid apprenticeships that also offer great wages and opportunities. We'll show students benefits of respective programs offer before they apply.