Parents & Teachers

Why Encourage Young People to Choose a Skilled Trade Career?

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
With over 200 careers to choose from, the skilled trades sector truly does offer something for everyone. As an apprentice, you receive post-secondary education through on-the-job training and in-school learning. This provides you with the skills to work almost anywhere in the US.

According to the Build Your Future, there are over 19,000 craft labor jobs available in MS alone. This means you have the opportunity to jump right into a job and right into building your future.

JOB SECURITY
Skilled tradespeople are in demand all across the country. As the baby boomer generation retires, this demand is only going to increase.

The construction industry is projected to grow 22% through 2022. This level of demand means that those who have experience in a skilled trade are highly marketable to companies in these industries.

GOOD PAY
People in skilled trades are rewarded for their efforts with good pay. In fact, as an apprentice, you can start making money right away because you ‘earn while you learn’. The best part, though, is that as a tradesperson you get paid well doing work you enjoy and often times are also rewarded with a handsome benefits package as well.

RESPECT
Skilled trades play an important role in our economy and our society. Think about it, the sector touches almost every aspect of our lives from the homes we live in, to the cars we drive, to the food we eat. Mississippi depends on the work of skilled trades and needs skilled tradespeople.

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Parent & Student Spotlight

“I love being a part of building something and contributing to an effort or a project and being able to see its usefulness, value and durability for the years to come.”
– Mike Bogue of APAC

“I love being a part of building something and contributing to an effort or a project and being able to see its usefulness, value and durability for the years to come.”
– Mike Bogue of APAC

“I love being a part of building something and contributing to an effort or a project and being able to see its usefulness, value and durability for the years to come.”
– Mike Bogue of APAC

“I love building a project and being able to enjoy that project with my community, such as roads, factories, stadiums, stores or schools. Also, who doesn’t love the idea of running heavy equipment? Nothing is better than a bulldozer.”
– Nic Parish of Burns Dirt Construction

“I love building a project and being able to enjoy that project with my community, such as roads, factories, stadiums, stores or schools. Also, who doesn’t love the idea of running heavy equipment? Nothing is better than a bulldozer.”
– Nic Parish of Burns Dirt Construction

“I love building a project and being able to enjoy that project with my community, such as roads, factories, stadiums, stores or schools. Also, who doesn’t love the idea of running heavy equipment? Nothing is better than a bulldozer.”
– Nic Parish of Burns Dirt Construction

“I love the skilled trade industry because it is very challenging and fast-paced, keeping me on my toes.”
– Christee Holbrook of Graham Roofing

“I love the skilled trade industry because it is very challenging and fast-paced, keeping me on my toes.”
– Christee Holbrook of Graham Roofing

“I love the skilled trade industry because it is very challenging and fast-paced, keeping me on my toes.”
– Christee Holbrook of Graham Roofing

“We both enjoy seeing what your hands can accomplish. Having a skill insures you will always have a job. We also enjoy the employees we work with on a daily basis.”
– Lu and Katie McCrary of McCrary West Construction & Construction Services

“We both enjoy seeing what your hands can accomplish. Having a skill insures you will always have a job. We also enjoy the employees we work with on a daily basis.”
– Lu and Katie McCrary of McCrary West Construction & Construction Services

“We both enjoy seeing what your hands can accomplish. Having a skill insures you will always have a job. We also enjoy the employees we work with on a daily basis.”
– Lu and Katie McCrary of McCrary West Construction & Construction Services

“Every day brings a new challenge. The skills you learn working in a trade industry can be applied across many disciplines and can always be sharpened.”
– Brent Thompson of Thompson Welding

“Every day brings a new challenge. The skills you learn working in a trade industry can be applied across many disciplines and can always be sharpened.”
– Brent Thompson of Thompson Welding

“Every day brings a new challenge. The skills you learn working in a trade industry can be applied across many disciplines and can always be sharpened.”
– Brent Thompson of Thompson Welding

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