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Mike Rowe Works Foundation
National Association of Women in Construction
Associated General Contractors
ACE Mentor Program
Greater Michigan Construction Academy
Ferris State Construction Program Scholarships
Explore the Trades
Vocational Resources for Veterans
If you were the child fascinated with Lego, Tinker Toys, and Erector Sets, a career in the skilled trades is a perfect fit. Enrolling in an apprenticeship through a union generally requires a high school diploma or GED, 18 years of age, and a valid drivers license. While earning your Journeyman status, you can be paid to attend school and work! The market for building trades is heating up and Michigan does not have enough workers to fill the available positions. Click the links to learn more about skilled trades.
Since 2008, Michigan Construction Career Days (MICCD) is Michigan’s premiere construction career exploration event. Based on the National Career Day model, MICCD provides Michigan’s young people a chance to experience construction up-close, getting the chance to use real tools, materials and heavy equipment under the direct guidance of construction professionals from all sectors of the industry. These young people will not only see what construction is, but learn of the training and education paths to secure the good paying jobs a career in construction provides.
The State of Michigan has dedicated resources to educating individuals about the lucrative careers available in several in-demand markets, including the construction industry. The GoingPRO website includes discovery quizzes to identify the right career path, "Day in the Life" videos to demonstrate the job, and salary expectations for various trades.
If you are already working in construction, CAMTEC, the Training & Education Center at the Construction Association of Michigan, can help you with your professional development. We have classes available to increase your knowledge of project management, construction law, and site safety and health.