For Veterans

For Veterans — Why Apprenticeship?

Programs and employers are always looking for veterans — particularly the building and construction trades

Good jobs. Good pay. Great future.
Apprenticeships offer a way out of low paying, dead-end jobs and put you on a path to high-wage careers and financial success.

You’ll gain marketable skills.
As a registered apprentice, you’ll be paid to learn your job. Your employer pays for your on-the-job and technical classroom training, so you don’t have to worry about finding the time or money to go back to school.

You’ll make a livable wage.
In the first year, hourly apprenticeship wages range from Minimum Wage to $30.46, and increase as you meet required milestones. Once you complete the program and become a journey level worker, you’ll earn as much as $48.75/hour.

You’ll have health and retirement benefits.
Careers in the construction trades offer comprehensive health insurance to keep you and your family safe and healthy. Many employers also offer generous pensions and paid retirement accounts, such as 401(k)s.

You'll be able to use your Veterans Education Benefits as part of your apprenticeship.
Your Veterans Education Benefits will supplement your income by helping to pay for our books, supplies, and providing a living allowance.

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