If you’re at a point where you’re looking around to see where your life is heading – in terms of work and money – let me point you in a rewarding direction:

Construction is a hot career choice.

But I’ll get back to that in a minute. First, about choices in general.

Many of us grew up hearing that college was the path to success – but that game has changed. It’s true those with a college degree make more money over their lifetimes, on average. But what about all those people who went to college and it didn’t pan out? These days you’re just as likely to end up with a degree, tens of thousands of dollars in debt, and a job waiting ables while you send out resumes.

Or… you could get paid good money in a career-path position in construction. And you can start right away, with an apprentice program from NWLETT – one that provides free training, which includes housing, meals, and a paycheck!

So, back to that point about construction being hot. Money magazine reports that Indeed.com’s “25 Hottest Careers Right Now” for 2018 includes 10 – that’s right, nearly half – in construction. Project managers, estimators, superintendents… 10 different jobs that pay from around $80,000 a year to over $100,000.

So why does that matter to you? Because there’s a clearly identified path to those positions – and it starts with the NWLETT apprentice program.

It’s a way to quickly jump into satisfying work in a booming job sector. Here are a few things to consider about becoming a construction apprentice:

  • Washington is in a building boom – The nation as a whole is seeing a huge explosion of building projects. As an example, the #1 job in the Indeed report is Commercial Project Manager, with  39,000 job postings nationwide for this position alone. And Washington is a hot spot for construction jobs.
  • You don’t have to go backward to go forward – There’s no expensive training program or online courses to start as an apprentice; your training is free. So you don’t prepare for your career by racking up debt; you prepare for your career while getting a paycheck.
  • Construction work pays well – Apprentice jobs start off paying a living wage, and then just get
    better. Beginning wage in western Washington is currently $21.32 an hour, and you get a healthy bump every 1,000 hours – by the time you finish your apprenticeship, you’re pulling down more than $33 an hour.
  • Working in the trades is a rewarding job – I’m not just talking about money. You’re working with your hands and your brain, and it’s honest work you can see the results of; you’re building something.
  • Benefits, benefits, benefits – So many jobs now don’t even pay for basic health insurance. But as an apprentice, you start off on Day One with fully paid medical, dental and vision coverage, plus paid time off.
  • Your retirement fund starts automatically – Instead of spending the first 10 or 15 years of your
    career paying off student loans, you’ll be building financial securwity as an apprentice with an employer-paid pension plan.

So… if you realize that it’s time to make a career choice, now you know about one great option. Ready to go? Visit www.NWLETT.org to get started!

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