For many graduating high school students and young adults, getting a college degree is a logical step toward building a career in their chosen field. For others, the financial burden and academic rigor that comes with a traditional four-year college isn’t the right fit.

“I learned in the first week [of college] that I’d be expected to read about something, then talk about something, then read more about it, and talk more about it, and never actually DO anything,” says Mitch Free, owner and CEO of ZYCI.

Taking out loans, applying for scholarships, and navigating financial aid can keep some from pursuing a degree. Additionally, many young adults don’t want to wait to start their careers; they want valuable, hands-on experience sooner rather than later. For these students, an apprenticeship may be the perfect fit.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a program where students combine paid, on-the-job training with classroom instruction and graduate four years later with reputable work experience and no student debt.

Since the Middle Ages, apprenticeships have been a vehicle to independence and financial stability for young adults. For those looking for a foundation on which to build a long, sustaining career, apprenticeships are an excellent alternative to traditional schooling.

Employers benefit from apprenticeship programs, too. Hiring an apprentice gives business owners an advantage over their competition because apprentices enter the workforce with real-world job experience and all the skills necessary to succeed in a fast-paced environment, across a variety of job types.

What are the benefits of an apprenticeship?

As experienced, skilled tradespeople continue to leave the working world, young professionals are needed to take their place. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than half of the skilled-trade positions currently filled will open up within the next decade. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reports that the carpentry field is projected to grow 10 percent between now and 2022. The time has never been better to apply for an apprenticeship in carpentry and its related crafts.

No tuition = no debt

Today, the average cost of obtaining a four-year degree at a traditional institution is $127,000. More than 20 percent of students with Bachelor’s degrees have racked up more than $50,000 in debt – and 6 percent owe more than $100,000! It’s no wonder more young people are starting to answer the question, “Is college worth it?” with a resounding “no.” A trade school degree can save you nearly $94,000 compared to a Bachelor’s Degree.

Apprenticeship programs at Carpenters Training Institute

We pride ourselves on providing high-quality, hands-on training to each of our apprentices. At Carpenters Training Institute, you won’t find yourself sitting in a classroom for days on end. Instead, you’ll develop your skill set while working in the field alongside experienced, professional carpenters and journeyworkers. We offer apprenticeship programs for students interested in specializing as a carpenter, millwright, pile driver, floor coverer, or cabinet maker.

A debt-free college alternative

Trade apprenticeships help you build a career – not debt. As an apprentice, you’ll earn a living wage while gaining valuable, real-world experience and hands-on training. If you complete an apprenticeship at Carpenters Training Institute, you’ll work with industry-leading instructors committed to teaching you fundamental skills in your chosen craft and helping you prepare for a successful and rewarding career.

Interested in becoming an apprentice? Schedule a visit to Carpenters Training Institute to learn more.