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Question – What is the Best Way to Become an Electrical Apprentice?


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Become an Electrical Apprentice – The Electrical Industry is a wonderful place to be – everybody needs it on a daily basis.

Electrical Apprenticeship Programs

Electrical Question: What is the best way to enter the Electrical field in an apprentice school, with paid training?

Dave’s Reply:
There are many opportunities to enter Electrical Apprenticeship Training Programs which are available through the Federal Government, State Government, and Local Community Education Programs.
I personally grew up in an electrician’s family where my Dad taught me the electrical trade and helped get me started, however during my career I expanded my electrical education in several areas to enable me to become qualified for other positions within the electrical industry. Below are several examples of how to gain experience and education as an electrician and participate in an electrical apprenticeship program.

How to Become an Electrical Apprentice

Federal Government Apprenticeship Programs
The United States Department of Labor is a great place to find information about apprenticeship programs that are available, and grants that may be available.

Find out more about The Department of Labor and the Apprenticeship USA

State and Local Government Apprenticeship Programs
Each state has various apprenticeship programs that are available for electrician training for the electrical trade.

Here is an example of the The California Apprenticeship Program

Here is an example of the The New York Apprenticeship Program

Occupational Programs for Students

Local colleges offer training programs for careers within the construction industry working through Local Occupational Centers where students receive Hands On Training, which is a great place to gain experience and basic education before entering a formal apprenticeship program.

Here is an example of the List of Approved Schools for the California Department of Industrial Relations

Educational Programs for Youth

Local communities offer educational programs through clubs and organizations that provide youth and students the opportunity to begin developing their understanding and education in many areas of life they may choose to become involved in.

Here is an example of the The Future Farmers of America Agricultural Technology & Mechanical Systems Program

Here is an example of the The Programs Available through Local 4?H Clubs

Note: Local programs provide great educational opportunities, community involvement, as well as competitive events and achievement rewards that can be beneficial for a future career.

The Rewards of Electrical Training

The benefits of an electrical apprenticeship training program are great and the training is superior. I have personally received training through such programs and I am very satisfied with the electrical industry as a career.

The Electrical Industry is a wonderful occupation everybody needs electricity on a daily basis. I’ve met so many other people in the trades who wished they had become an electrician. When other trades are out of work, we keep busy – and with the advancing technologies and energy efficiency I think the future will be awesome!
Find your place in the electrical construction and maintenance industry and go for it, I think you’ll find it very rewarding!

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