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West Aurora High School at the annual Apprenticeship Expo

Do you like working with your hands?

Are you mechanically inclined?

Does the thought of working in an office make you cringe?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may find an apprenticeship would lead to a rewarding, well-paying career.

step 1:

Determine what Trades would suit your skills and interests


The first button below leads to a short quiz from Build Your Future that will help determine what trade would be a good fit. The second button links to a state by state search. This second tool predicts how many jobs will be available for each craft in each state.

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Step 2:

Explore apprenticeship opportunities


Now that you have an idea of what trades you may enjoy, use the links below to watch a few short videos to learn what each of these trades men and women do.




Step 3:

Connect with a local union


To connect with a local Union or Trade, click on the logos below to visit their apprenticeship page.




more benefits of becoming an Apprentice

The average annual cost of college tuition in the U.S. is around $24,000. With college costs soaring, it is not surprising that many recent graduates struggle with student loan debt. While many careers require some college or a college degree, Unions and Trades train apprentices on the job and incorporate trade school as part of the benefit package. This means apprentices work in their chosen field while attending trade school and graduate debt free.

College is not the only pathway to success in a CTE field. The first graphic below examines the potential cost of college vs. the potential wages earned if attending a trade school.

The second graphic compares the average wages at the start of an apprenticeship vs. the going rate of a journeyperson to the  average starting wages for non-trade workers with various levels of education.

From these graphics, one can see that a career in the trades provides high income and zero school debt.

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This table is from page 16 of the full report “The Apprenticeship Alternative.”

Apprenticeship Expo 2021

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

West Aurora student attending Apprenticeship Expo
A student using one of the virtual simulators at the Apprenticeship Expo
Student participating in one of the hands on activities at the Apprenticeship Expo



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