While in the past some may have simply viewed trade laborers as simply blue-collar workers, today's construction laborers are asked to know more, and to do more, on jobs requiring their specialties. Contemporary craftsmen are not only trained in the basic skills and principles of their profession, but they are also implored to apply their abilities to problems and demands that exist in complex and highly technical building projects.
Trade apprentices undergo a unique education that not only provides them with skills for their crafts, but that also challenges them to think about problems for creative and comprehensive solutions. With knowledge and skill comes confidence, and with confidence, a healthy paycheck, and work results that are daily visible. The trade craftsman works in a career that offers reward and respect.
I didn’t like the path I was headed down and decided it was time for a change. Today, I am a Journeyman who is successful in my profession and enjoying my life.”
Journeyman Sheet Metal Worker
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