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Apprenticeships open for good paying skilled trades jobs that can pay $50,000 a year while you learn

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Looking for a good job with great pay and college isn’t for you? Here’s an answer – skilled trades.

There are more than 1,200 skilled trades positions listed on dozens of job sites in Michigan, and you could fill one of them. Many of these jobs will never be outsourced and you can build things with your own hands.

Some say they offer more intellectual stimulation than working in an office. Take a look at an electrician who is out all day working with new people, seeing new places and solving new problems.

They are great jobs for men and women alike.

“An aging workforce, retirements, and countless new construction and road projects have created an employment vacuum that needs to be filled by skilled tradespeople,” says Robert Davis, senior advisor metro region, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). “There are hundreds of jobs open for electricians, cement masons, road builders, plumbers, roofers, and welders, and we need to fill the pipeline.”

Most of these jobs require training, and it is the on-the-job training that makes the skilled trades such an attractive career option. Apprenticeships are available.

The programs are extensive and rewarding. Skilled trades positions can require up to four years of training and you’ll earn while you learn. Once you graduate you’ll be able to advance to advance to journeyman status with no student debt and a career that can never be outsourced.

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Apprentices earn an average starting salary of $50,000 a year while gaining a credential that is equivalent to a 2 or 4 year college degree, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. If you complete the program you can earn more than $300,000 over a lifetime than those who don’t.

“We call apprenticeships the other four-year degree,” Davis says.

You’ve seen many of these apprentices building roads throughout Michigan, working construction at the new hockey stadium, and assisting on demolition projects. The jobs options are numerous.

Nov. 14-20 is National Apprenticeship Week, which raises awareness of the many opportunities in the skilled trades, particularly in the construction and transportation industries. All week employers, employment agencies and unions will host events that focus on skilled trades as a career option. Events will be posted at http://www.miroad2work.org/news-events/.

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This year, The Partnership for Diversity and Opportunity in Transportation, which is comprised of employers, industry associations, labor and other partners, will serve as a clearinghouse for all apprenticeship events in the Metro Detroit region during National Apprenticeship Week. Local events will be listed at www.MiRoad2Work.org.

Organizations holding events that express support for and demonstrate the benefits of apprenticeships programs should send them to info@miroad2work.org.

The MiRoad2Work Facebook and Twitter pages will promote apprenticeship events with the hashtag: #other4yeardegree and #bluecollarlife. A speakers’ bureau will promote the skilled trades at local schools.

Last year’s Inaugural National Apprenticeship Week was highly successful, spurring more than 300 events in 47 States across the Country. President Obama kicked off the week with a Presidential Proclamation, which started a movement that generated 57 additional state and local proclamations. Check out the NAW 2015 Report for more detailed highlights from last year’s inaugural National Apprenticeship Week.

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