New year = new opportunities in the construction industry. From entry-level to senior leaders, we need talented individuals now. But, filling apprenticeships is our first priority so we can grow the next generation of the construction industry. Thankfully, the trend is following the growing need. According to Apprenticeship USA, in 2021, there were over 197,421 registered apprentices in construction, which is a 72% increase in the last eight years.
If you’re looking for a change in career or are a student ready to begin your career in construction, keep reading. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing apprentice openings across all Ohio regions. We kick off this series with Northeast Ohio.
Let’s begin with one of the most in-demand career options: electrician.
Ohio is in need of talented electricians today. And, our state is expected to continue to have a gap in skilled workers, making an apprenticeship in 2023 the right step for your future. There are two organizations that have exceptional training programs: the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC).
IBEW is the largest electrical union in the world and supports members by providing åtraining and work opportunities. Check out the current openings at Local Union 673 in Painesville and Local 129 in Lorain.
NJATC was formed by the IBEW and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) in 1941. Most in the industry refer to it as the “Electrical Training Alliance” and it’s most known for being one of the top electrical training programs of its kind. Check out the current openings at Lafayette Electrical JATC and Cleveland Electrical JATC.
But electrician apprenticeships aren’t the only option in Northeast Ohio. If you prefer working with other materials, there are many other routes to take.
The Carpenters’ Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program is one of the most comprehensive carpenter apprentice programs in the nation. When you take part in this apprenticeship, you’ll spend four years learning the ins-and-outs of the profession with a customized curriculum that will prepare you for career paths in carpentry, floor covering, millwright and pile driver. Learn more about their apprenticeship program here.
In addition to woodworking, there are open spots for hopeful apprentices in sheet metal work. One of our top-recommend training programs is through the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) Workers Local Union. Their mission is to ensure workers are properly trained and work in desirable conditions. Check out their apprenticeship programs at their Northeast Ohio locations: Akron Training Center, Cleveland/Vermilion Training Center, and Youngstown Training Center.
These are just a few of the apprenticeship opportunities that are waiting for you in the Northeast Ohio region. But it doesn’t stop here. In our next Apprenticeship Spotlight, we’ll cover the current openings in the Southeast Ohio region. In the meantime, check out our interactive apprenticeship map to discover even more training paths in every Ohio region.