Today's blue collar workers use their brains as much as their brawn. In fact, many skilled labor positions – jobs like CNC machinists, welders and electricians – involve specialized, technical skills that often require extensive training.
Good jobs are becoming more plentiful. In fact, in some high-demand areas, positions actually go unfilled because employers can't find reliable workers with the required skills and technical know-how. Take advantage of this trend by getting the training you need. It can help you:
- Beat out competitors for a job
- Qualify for a wider range of jobs
- Advance more quickly in your field
- Earn higher wages than those without the training
Not sure how to get started? Here are a few ideas from PrideStaff:
- Use your career placement center. Most high schools, technical schools and colleges have a center that provides guidance on how to pursue advanced training. Contact your school's placement office to learn about local skilled labor training programs in your field.
- Become an apprentice. Apprenticeship is a form of training in which experienced employees teach trade skills to new workers, both on-the-job and in a classroom setting. The United States Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration website contains valuable information on how to become an apprentice, as well as a comprehensive directory of registered apprenticeship programs.
- Connect with an industry organization. The training and education system for each blue collar field is unique. Most reputable industry organizations, like ironworkers.org, have extensive websites that explain how and where to get the right training for your job category.
No matter what field you work in (or want to break into), there's probably a training program available to help you grow within it. How can you determine which opportunities are right for your career?
- Do some research to find out what credentials, certifications and training are most valuable in your industry.
- Ask your employer (or potential employer) which options would benefit your job growth the most.
- Make sure the organization that offers the training/certification is reputable.
- Weigh the costs against the potential benefits.
Build your job skills with PrideStaff.
With offices nationwide, we offer a wide range of temporary, temp-to-hire and direct opportunities where you can acquire and use today's in-demand job skills. Contact the PrideStaff office in your area to find out more about great skilled trades jobs.