Career Corner

Construction Careers 202-2022


Classroom Video: Intro to Construction Careers


As an apprentice, you aren’t just training for a job, you’re building a career. Technical instruction with on-the-job training equips you with the industry-specific knowledge you need to perform highly skilled work. Apprentices earn a salary as they train; classroom instruction is covered. Training is paced to suit your individual situation and allows for a healthy, work-life balance. At the end of the program, you’ll emerge a highly skilled professional with a sense of job security.

Earn a good living while you master in-demand skills. There are more than 100 apprenticeship paths you can choose from in Minnesota. Find your path. Apprenticeship works.

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Choose a construction career through registered apprenticeship


"Explore trades and manufacturing careers, find training programs with scholarships, and land a job. Start your journey now!" For more information and to explore careers in the trades, including videos, check out the Trades Hub website!

You can also click on the button below for more information about how to navigate Trades Hub!

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

Learn more about options in construction career pathways at Trades Hub | Pursue your passion. Forge your path. Own your career. (

Click on the link below to download Construction infographics.

Construction Infographics

Apprenticeship Programs in Building Trades

Apprenticeship: Building Your Career


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 provided in person on November 17th. 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 Minnesota - Dionte H.
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Construction Career Pathways

Learn more about construction careers, apprenticeship opportunities and watch success stories at:
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South Central Minnesota Construction Trade Apprenticeship Guide: Visit the Website Below or Click the Button to Download.

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Construction trades provides great career opportunities for everyone! Take a look at this video to see how these women are making a career in construction!

Women in the Trades
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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.

Types of 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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