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Free Training For A New Career

Free Training For A New Career

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Have you ever felt like you needed a new career, or dreamed of stepping up from a sequence of dead-end jobs and building a career? That doesn't have to be just a dream. Millions of Americans of all ages have acquired new skills and built career transitions, often increasing their employability, earning power, and job satisfaction in the process. A new career doesn't have to mean extended and expensive college education, either. Many well-paid jobs require only an apprenticeship or certificate program, and in many cases, the training is available free of charge!

Apprenticeships

An apprentice is an employee receiving on-the-job training to learn industry skills and safety techniques. Wages for an apprentice increase as the apprentice gains experience and competence. Apprenticeship allows you to learn on the job, under the direction of an expert in the trade who can teach you the necessary skills and the hidden tricks of the trade. If you are over 18 with a high school or equivalent diploma, apprenticeship jobs are a way to earn while you learn. Candidates must typically be physically fit and drug-free with a valid driver's license and reliable transportation. Be prepared for background checks and testing for many of the trade jobs available.

Union Apprenticeship Programs
Many well-paid jobs require only an apprenticeship or certificate program, and in many cases, the training is available free of charge!

Electrician apprenticeship jobs are a great way to start a new career for a decent amount of money and great benefits. There are several programs to choose from within the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers labor union. Although each Union Hall has its own requirements and programs to offer, the four main programs are Outside Lineman, Inside Wireman, Residential Wireman, and Technician (Sound & Communication). Lineman apprenticeship jobs can expect around 50% of a journeyman's wages, but you will receive pay increases approximately every 6 to 12 months or after completing 1000 hours of work. After applying at a local IBEW Union Hall, take the aptitude test, which will contain two parts with algebra and reading questions. To find your local training center, click the Electrical Training Alliance link at the end of this article.

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Interested in becoming an ironworker? Start a new job with a welding apprenticeship. A welding apprenticeship job is a four-year program with an additional 204 hours of related classroom work required each year. Contact your local IW Union by using the link provided below to apply.

The United Association is a Union of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders and Service Technicians. UA apprentices must work the same hours as journeyman workers and attend classes. When an applicant is accepted, it is similar to receiving a full-ride, tuition-free scholarship. The apprenticeship is demanding, but it's a rewarding career path for individuals motivated to learn and become active members of a union. Become a plumber, pipefitter, sprinkler fitter, or service technician in the air conditioning/refrigeration field by using the link provided below to find your local UA Union, but remember there are many different unions for applicants.

The apprenticeship for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning is a free vocational education program where you earn a paycheck while you are learning the trade. There are approximately 3,000 hours of HVAC apprenticeship work before you take the certification exams and become a licensed journeyman. Use the link provided below to find a local UA to file your application today.

Free Training for The Unemployed

Being out of work for any length of time is frustrating, and endlessly searching for a job in your field makes it difficult to stay positive. Learning new skills through job training holds the promise of a more satisfying career with higher wages. Even though there are six million job vacancies in the United States, millions of American workers do not have the opportunity to gain the skills necessary in this economy. Research indicates that by 2020, 65 percent of all jobs will require some form of education or training beyond high school.[1] Learning the right skills now could make the difference between a rewarding and profitable career and lifetime unemployment.

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Government programs offer free training to applicants making career transitions easier for low-income individuals. Resources found at the USA Jobs website help you gain employment in a new industry. If you have been laid off from a job, receive SNAP benefits, or are a veteran, you may be eligible for additional government-funded programs available at little or no cost. Use the link at the end of the article to access lists of occupations with certifications and apprenticeships, like an auto mechanic, dental hygienist, or plumber. Also, consider using your local government offices for job training programs.