Trades and Apprenticeships

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Occupations such as skilled construction work are considered trades. 

  • The completion of an apprenticeship is generally associated with skilled labor. Training lasts 1 - 5 years, and provide on-the-job training, often paid.  These kinds of programs can lead to secure and well-paying jobs. Additional education and training can provide high levels of advancement and increased salaries.

Examples of Trades
Contractor/Construction Manager
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technician
Certified Cook
Automotive/Aviation Technician
Licensed Practical Nurse
Garden and Landscape Designer/Agriculture 
Legal Assistant

Mike Rowe discusses the “skills gap”: Youtube

State workforce development initiatives:

High Demand Career Initiative

  • The High Demand Career Initiative (HDCI) was launched in 2014. Governor Nathan Deal described the initiative as an opportunity “to allow [Georgia] to hear directly from employers of our state about what they expect their future talent needs will be, and it will give our institutions of education the chance to get ahead of the curve in preparing tomorrow’s workforce.”

HOPE Career Grant (More information under "Financial Aid Information")