Thinking About Joining the Trades After High School?
Students considering pursuing a job in the skilled trades should ask themselves:
What do I like to do?
What materials and equipment do I want to work with?
What skills do I possess and want to build on?
Where would I like to see myself in five years?
Apprenticeship Finder: https://www.apprenticeship.gov/apprenticeship-industries
- Matches students’ skills with appropriate apprenticeships using the Apprenticeship Finder
- Resources for these fields:
Michigan Apprenticeships: https://miroad2work.org/michigan-apprenticeships/
- Specialized information for physical labor apprenticeships - click on each link below for additional information!
- Bricklayers & Restoration Workers
- Carpenters/Floor Layers
- Cement Masons
- Construction Craft Laborers
- Drywall Finishers/Tapers
- Electrical Workers
- Elevator Constructors
- Glaziers and Glassworkers
- Heat and Frost Insulators
- Iron Workers
- Operating Engineers
- Outside Lineman
- Pipefitters, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Service (HVAC)
- Roofers and Waterproofers
- Sheet Metal Workers
- Sprinkler Fitters
- Tile, Marble and Terrazzo Masons
Michigan-specific information on the following trades: https://www.mitalent.org?skilled-trades
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Information Technology (IT)
- Allows students to search within a location radius for opportunities near them
Career Stop: https://www.careeronestop.org/
- Sponsored by the US Dept of Labor
- Useful links and guides for military options, finding work with a criminal conviction, entry level work, work with disabilities, self-employment, native American program finders & apprenticeship search
- Additional financial and scholarship information
Apprenticeship Application Notification (Operating Engineers): https://www.oe324.org/application/
Southeast Michigan Construction Academy Apprenticeship Programs: https://semcaschool.org/
Michigan Construction: https://www.michiganconstruction.com/
- Organization consisting of employer partners from around the State of Michigan, that have open job and career opportunities in construction.
- Contact: 844-200-4838
- Email: email@example.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/constructionmi/
- Twitter: @ConstructionMI
Detroit Training Center: http://detroittraining.com/
PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS: Detroit Training Center aims to provide the best experience to each individual looking to take courses at our facility, whether it be week-long programs or single courses. If you are considering taking one of our classes and would like to learn more about the steps you need to take to move forward in your career, please fill out this short form so that we can advise you in the process. We do not currently accept walk-ins to our facility but have organized online sessions on weekdays at 11am via our Facebook page.
- Offers customized vocational programs of study, tailored to meet the needs of individuals, contractors, governmental, and non-profit organizations.
- Contact: Stephanie Vomuolakis, 313-221-5876
- Email: Stephanie@detroittraining.com
Workforce Development Programs incude:
- Heavy Equipment Operator Training Program
- Blight Removal Training Program
- Commercial Driver's License Training Program
- MIG Welding Production Program
- Masonry Restoration Training Program
Focus: HOPE (Metro Detroit Residents)
- Job training in machining and information technology, job readiness training, courses to upgrade math and reading skills, GED preparation.
- 1200 Oakman Blvd. Detroit, Michigan 48238
- Web: https://www.focushope.edu/
SER Metro-Detroit (Metro Detroit Residents)
- Bridges to Career Opportunities Program
- YouthBuild Construction Institute
- Remediation in math and reading, GED training, literacy and education, job readiness skills training, occupational skills training, vocational skills training.
- 9301 Michigan Ave. Detroit, Michigan 48210
- Web: https://www.sermetro.org
Additional resources and events for students’ exploration in the skilled trades
A day in the life: https://www.going-pro.com/a-day-in-the-life/
Skilled Trades Task Force Meeting
- Monthly meetings are held throughout Detroit with presentations from various union representatives about apprenticeship and employment requirements and opportunities.
- Contact: Council President Brenda Jones: 313-224-1245 or 313-628-2993
- E-mail: WesleyL@Detroitmi.gov
The THS Career Center can help! Come see Mrs. Riley in B101