Career Pathways – What are your Options?
- Why should I choose a career pathway?
- Apprenticeship Programs
- Technical Degrees and Certificates
Why should I choose a career pathway?
A career pathway is a road map for getting from where you are now to the career you want to have. A good pathway clearly lays out the education you will need and the typical jobs at the end of the pathway. A good plan can save you time and money.
Pre-apprenticeships are hands-on training programs that help prepare people for entry and success in the building trades. These programs provide training and education, in addition to helping with driver’s licensing, transportation, child care, budgeting, etc. The best part is if you show up and bring your best every day, they will help you get into a paid apprenticeship program. If you are a high school senior or recent graduate, enrolling in a pre-apprenticeship program is the best route to success!
Once you are in an apprenticeship training program, you are working on a construction site, learning your trade and getting paid. You EARN while you LEARN. It takes about four years for apprentices to become experienced journey-level workers. They reach journey level by learning from experienced workers on the job site and taking classes. Apprentices get regular pay raises along the way, plus benefits and a pension.
A career in the building trades is important, fast-paced work that is physically and mentally challenging. At the end of each day, you will be very proud of what you have learned and what you have built. Most importantly, you will be able to support yourself and your family for a lifetime.
- WA State L&I Apprenticeship Listing
- Advanced Manufacturing at AJAC (Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee) Youth Apprenticeship
- ANEW Pre-apprenticeship Training Program (Nontraditional Employment for Women)
- Northwest Carpenter’s Institute of Washington
- Washington Building Trades Pre-apprenticeship Program (PACE)
- Seattle City Light (SCL) Apprenticeships
- Explore apprenticeship options on the Labor and Industries website
- Boeing Apprenticeship Programs
- Georgetown/South Seattle College Apprenticeships
The 2020 Construction Apprenticeship Guidebookis outlined to assist you to get started down the pathway in becoming one of the skilled professional trades with a high-paying job. Please read all the great opportunities of each apprenticeship trades. Each trades provide you an overview of their duties/tasks, qualifications, hourly wages/benefits, and apprenticeship training office contact information to register for the Apprenticeship course.
Technical Degrees and Certificates
Learn more about some of the community and tech colleges in the Seattle area:
- Renton Technical College – Autobody, Aerospace, Culinary, Computer Tech and more
- Lake Washington Institute of Technology – Digital Gaming, Interactive Media, Dental Hygiene, Supply Chain Management and more
- Bates Technical College – Architecture, Construction, Advanced Manufacturing and more
- South Seattle College – Welding, Aerospace, Automotive and more
- Seattle Central – Medical Assistant, Maritime, Culinary, Carpentry and more
- North Seattle College – Accounting, Early Childhood Ed, Pharmacy Tech and more
- Shoreline Community College – Automotive, Biotechnology, Manufacturing, Clean Energy, Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Health Informatics, and more