May 5, 2022
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How to Start Your Next Chapter in the Trades

So you’ve recently graduated from high school. Congratulations! That’s a big milestone. You’ve got a lot of big decisions ahead of you. Knowing the right step to take next can sometimes be challenging. With the cost of college at an all-time high, that path isn’t as favorable as it used to be — especially if you’re not sure what you want to study.

Luckily, college isn’t your only option. Whether you’re wanting a long-term path or a satisfying, high-paying job while you figure things out, a career in the construction industry provides lots of benefits you won’t find elsewhere.

Ready to start your next chapter in the skilled trades? Here’s how.


Find an Apprenticeship

In this industry, apprenticeships are what set you up for everything that follows. These industry-based learning programs combine technical training, on-the-job experience, and a paycheck. (In other words, you earn while you learn.) During your apprenticeship, you’ll also receive nationally recognized certifications and begin to build your professional network, which can really increase your earning potential.

Most apprenticeships also offer career placement opportunities, so you could immediately transition into full-time work once your apprenticeship is done.


Visit Our Career Center

New apprenticeships can be found in our Career Center. This website is the central hub for Arizona’s job opportunities in the skilled trades and is a crucial resource during your job search. When you create a Career Center profile, you’re able to start applying for open positions right away. You can also sign up for job alerts here, customized by keywords, location, and job type. Don’t conduct your job search without it.


Meet a Career Consultant

Not sure what type of apprenticeship you want? That’s totally understandable! A lot of folks begin working in construction without previous experience, or with experience from other industries. We’ve got some handy resources that’ll help you pinpoint a path that truly fits your interests.

You can start by exploring different types of construction careers. From roofers to masons to HVAC technicians, we’ve prepared simple rundowns of all the cool jobs this industry offers. Learn what the work is like, what type of qualifications you’ll need and how much money you can make. Check out our Career Path tool, which outlines all the work steps needed for these jobs.

Remember, you’re not alone! We also offer personalized, one-on-one help from our Career Consultants. Thanks to this useful resource, you can schedule a time to meet a Career Consultant to help you figure out your interests, define your goals and point you toward your most useful apprenticeship options. Schedule your consultation today.


Explore our Website

We’re dedicated to helping you achieve a rewarding career. And we’ve prepared all kinds of resources for it. By visiting our homepage you can find educational videos, locate skill-specific training programs in your area, and find helpful industry events like job fairs. The skilled trades are all about tools, and we’ve got the tools you need to start building a brighter future for yourself.

Arizona needs an estimated 260,000 craft professionals by the end of 2024. That means this is an industry that wants you and values you, whatever your background, skills, and interests are. Come discover all the rewarding places this career can take you!

Construction Workforce Initiative, Build Your Future Arizona’s mission is to create a sustainable and skilled craft workforce by creating awareness about high-paying construction careers, training opportunities, and mapping career paths to employment in these high-demand occupations.