Trade Apprenticeships — Getting Paid To Learn
With the increasingly sophisticated technology involved in HVAC and other skilled trades, those involved in these various professions have a lot to keep up with and plenty to learn before they reach the status of a certified expert.
As with college, there are costs involved in this kind of education. But the beauty of the trades is the apprenticeship system that can put students more quickly into a job where they can hone their skills and improve their knowledge while at the same time making a starting wage that’s equal to or better than what many four-year college graduates can find. In fact, apprentices can start getting paid to learn while four-year college students are still taking out loans to learn. For those looking for a quicker start in building a long-term career, trade apprenticeship programs are the way to go.
As with any profession, the more you learn and the more you can do, the more opportunities there will be to advance in your field. Today’s work in the trades requires a depth of knowledge that includes the basic science behind new technology and systems and the ability to install, monitor, diagnose and repair these high-tech systems and communicate about them with a range of other professionals, including engineers and architects. Today’s HVAC is not your father’s HVAC, but it still requires the same kind of professionalism, pertinent knowledge, and communication skills that have made those in the trades, as with any profession, successful at what they do. And, as always, trade skills often create opportunities for such workers to start their own firms and control their own destiny as it suits them.
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