Career Corner

Apprenticeships & Construction Careers


Registered apprenticeship -- Your path to a meaningful career

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is an earn-as-you-learn workforce training model. You’ll receive classroom instruction and on-the-job training to provide the industry-specific knowledge needed to perform highly skilled work. Apprentices earn a salary as they train and the process is structured to allow for a healthy, work-life balance. At the end of the apprenticeship you’ll have the skills and training required in a high-demand industry.


Apprenticeship lengths vary by occupation and industry. The length is based upon the time required to master all aspects of the occupation or trade you are learning in addition to completing the necessary classroom and safety instruction required.

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This video provides an overview of Apprenticeships. This video is based out of the state of Ohio. Video Credit goes to American Graduate-

Construction Careers

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Construction Facts

  • Median wages for Construction Occupations in Southwest/South Central MN are $6 higher per hour than all other industries in the region.

  • Many construction trades provide training through the job and apprenticeships. Apprenticeships is an earn-as-you-learn training system where you gain skills during paid on-the-job instruction.

  • While a student pays an average of $133K in tuition costs for four years at a private college or $29K at a state university, an apprentice earns an average of $144K during the four years of on-the-job training in a demand occupation with high paying wages.

Learn more about construction trades apprenticeships at

Click on the link below to download Construction infographics.

Construction Infographics

Apprenticeship Programs in Building Trades

Apprenticeship: Building Your Career
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Construct Tomorrow

Construct Tomorrow is an event that features each of the construction trades including boilermakers, bricklayers, carpenters, cement mason, electricians, floor coverers, iron workers, laborers, plumbers & pipefitters, roofers, sheet metal workers and more.

This year's event will be provide virtually during the month of November. Additional information will be sent to your school.

Construct Tomorrow: Apprenticeship Trades Education Video

Learn about:
  • Myths and misunderstandings of what apprenticeships are
  • Benefits of apprenticeships
  • Resources to learn more
Apprenticeship Trades Education
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Construction Career Pathways

Learn more about construction careers, apprenticeship opportunities and watch success stories at:

South Central Minnesota Construction Trade Apprenticeship Guide

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Women in the Trades

Construction trades provides great career opportunities for everyone!

Women in Construction
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Women in the Trades

Job Search Tip

Knowing your skills

Being able to identify, communicate and prove your skills during the job search process is essential. If you can't identify your skills, how will the employer know what you can offer to them?

Where to list your skills

During the job search process, you are a salesperson and selling your qualifications and skills to employers. Employers want to know what skills you have and how they relate to the job. Make sure to sell your skills on applications, resumes and during interviews.

What is a skill?

According to Wikipedia, a skill is a learned ability to do something.

Type skills

The following are several types of job skills indicated on MyMNCareers.

  • Basic skills, like listening, speaking, reading, and writing, are necessary for all workers.
  • People skills, or soft skills, like negotiating, persuading, and coordinating with coworkers, help people to work well with others.
  • Management skills, like keeping track of time and money, assist people to keep things organized.
  • Technical skills, like operating or repairing computers, and installing and maintaining other machinery, help people to work with equipment.

Remember skills can be transferable. Transferable skills are skills that can be transferred or used in other jobs. Some examples of transferable skills are communication skills, computer skills and leadership skills.

Help on identifying your skills

If you struggle with identifying your skills, you are not alone. Some studies have indicated that 80-85% of people cannot identify, sell and prove their skills during the job search process.

  • Help identify your skills by thinking about what your teachers, supervisors, peers, parents or friends would say regarding your skills.
  • The transferable skills checklist (attached below) can help you start identifying your skills.
  • Visit a CareerForce location for assistance in helping you identifying your skills.

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South Central Workforce Council

Develop and Maintain a Quality Workforce for South Central Minnesota

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