Local apprenticeships are a great way to begin your resume as a skilled trade worker. They come with weekly classes to cover the basics of your preferred trade and on-the-job training for hands-on experience. Skilled trade apprenticeships are a chance for students to earn while they learn, gaining education and experience. If you’re interested in local apprenticeships, here’s a helpful guide to opportunities near you:
Frederick County Public Schools Career and Technology Education (CTE). Skilled trade programs are available at all Frederick County high schools and the Career & Technology Center. High school students can find programs in their “home” schools that count as credit toward graduation requirements. Those who plan to enter post-secondary higher education should consider CTE programs, which offer college credit toward graduation through Frederick Community College and other institutions. Programs include (but are not limited to) masonry, construction electricity, carpentry, plumbing/HVAC, cabinetmaking and engineering. For more information about this program, visit the CTE website.
Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program (MATP). More than 230 skilled trade occupations have registered with this Maryland program. Like many programs, it combines paid on-the-job training and excellent classroom instruction by professionals. Students begin by researching a specific skilled trade then submitting two applications for the apprenticeship and a sponsor. Once the applications are accepted, they'll start working as an apprentice immediately. Occupations in this program include plumbing, sheet metal, electrical work and carpentry. For more information about MATP’s opportunities, click here.
The Maryland Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (MPHCC). The MPHCC Apprenticeship Council interviews prospective apprentices. Only highly qualified individuals are selected and put into a round-robin lottery to be placed into job openings. At the MPHCC, apprentice sponsors approve classroom instruction twice per week and on-the-job training exercises. According to their website, apprentices in the MPHCC are subject to salary increases upon review as well. For more information about the MPHCC’s open enrollment, visit their website.
Steamfitters Local Union No. 602 of the United Association. This local branch of the United Association (UA), a union of plumbers, fitters, welders and service techs, “represents the journeymen and apprentice steamfitters and pipefitters in the Washington, D.C. area.” According to their website, accepted apprentices will go through a 5-year training program that’s run by an assigned union contractor. Like other apprenticeships, students are required to attend weekly skilled trade classes and will be paid based on their efforts after a one-year probationary period. If this sounds like the opportunity for you, click here to visit their website for more information.
There are so many reasons to consider a skilled trade apprenticeship. If four years at a university doesn’t appeal to you, you may want to consider a skilled trade career. Not only will students have the opportunity to gain education about a specific trade, apprentices will also gain hands-on experience with trained professionals. Your resume will be complete within a shorter amount of time and for half the cost, so consider applying for a local apprenticeship today.