How to Get Free Training for Construction Jobs
OnBoard4Jobs is all about helping job seekers who want to work in Florida road or bridge construction. There are many ways to get experience at no cost to you, especially if your age is in the range of teens or twenties. That experience gets you hired, advances you, and will earn you a good living. So let’s get you experience.
- Apprenticeship programs. Apprenticeship programs are training programs for various trades offered by a variety of organizations. Some are offered by contractors, some are offered by unions, and others are independent programs funded by taxpayers. Age requirements vary; some programs accept applicants as young as 16 but 18 is the normal age. Florida-based apprenticeship programs can be found here and are regularly updated.
- Laborer positions. Yes, it is hard, sometimes dangerous work. But if you are willing to show up to work on time, accept a season of hard work and show interest and passion for greater responsibility, you will find that you have remarkably little competition. The starting pay in Florida for construction laborers averages in the middle to high range between $20,000 and $30,000.
- Job Corps. Job Corps is a U.S. Department of Labor program that provides tuition-free training for young people between the ages of 16 and 24. There is no charge and stipends are provided for trainees. Spaces are limited but if accepted, graduates are well-prepared for immediate work.
- The U.S. Armed Forces. The U.S. military is always on the go, and are always building things. If you are considering a military career and like to build (or destroy) things, ask your recruiter for a guaranteed military occupational specialty (commonly known as an MOS) in the construction or engineering field. You will attend basic training and then attend a military school that trains you for the job, all with rooms and meals provided. You get paid, can travel the world, and get a college or trade school paid for. Engineers build runways, roads, bridges, and a wide variety of structures. It is great experience and provides an excellent foundation for the rest of your life.
- Your high school. High schools, especially technical high schools provide a great deal of what you need. You can learn woodworking, electrical, computer, drafting, metalworking, and a variety of other skills. If you are still in high school, take the classes. They offer great skills, they can help you land a job, and are actually fun.
- Your home! Maybe mom and dad are building a shed in the back yard, fixing a door or window, or repairing a wall or ceiling. Offer to help out! Did you hammer some nails to help build a tree house or storage shed? Congratulations. You now have carpentry experience. If you like tinkering with tools and building or fixing things, do so under parental supervision.