Students may opt for a formal method of training referred to as apprenticeships. This option makes it possible for students to learn a trade or craft through a combination of on-the-job training and classroom work. The duration of apprenticeship programs can range from a few to several years. Apprenticeships are a result of employers and unions working to create a highly-skilled workforce that will fit the needs of a growing and changing society. Apprenticeships can be but are not limited to, bricklaying, drywalling, masonry, electrical, ironworking, plumbing, steam fitting, and many more.
The Omaha & Southwest Iowa Building and Construction Trades Council has apprenticeship programs in Asbestos Workers, Boilermakers, Bricklayers, Cement Masons, Drywall Finishers, Electricians, Elevator Constructors, Glaziers, Iron Workers, Laborers, Operating Engineers, Painters, Plasterers, Plumbers, Roofers, Sheet Metal Workers, Sprinkler Fitters, and Steamfitters. See the link below for more information on contact information, length of program, qualifications, and benefits. See links below for details about Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Carpentry opportunities.
Many students want to attend a school that devotes its time, energy, and revenue to specific career areas. Students who have a specific plan of action for careers may want to get an education focused strictly on classes for their intended career. Students will enter the workforce after a program that may last weeks, months, or years, depending on career requirements.