Build Your Future with a Career in ConstructionJune 20, 2019
Why Choose a Career in Construction?
Why? Because the construction industry offers a wide variety of exciting options to young men and women! A career in the construction trades will provide excellent wages and benefits, job security, opportunity for advancement, and the chance to create something that will last for years to come. There are currently more than five million people working in construction and more than 250,000 new workers will be needed every year. In fact, the construction industry is experiencing so much growth that a worker shortage is expected. This potential shortage creates an excellent opportunity for talented young men and women to embark on a satisfying career.
What is an Apprentice?
An apprentice is an individual who learns a craft through classroom instruction and on-the-job training. Classes are taught by men and women who are skilled in that trade while on-the-job training is overseen by construction employers. Unlike other training programs, most apprentices are paid while developing their skills. And as your skill level increases, so will your pay level.
How do You Get Started?
Whether you know what craft you would like to enter or even if you haven’t yet
made up your mind, this handbook is designed to answer all of your questions regarding a career in the construction building trades.
Regardless of your choice, being prepared is essential. It’s important to start
planning for your future now. How? By taking the recommended courses, by obtaining applications, and by making sure you meet all the requirements to enter
the apprenticeship program.
Preparing for a career in construction takes some planning on your part. But a little hard work now will result in a satisfying, well-paying career in your future. The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) recognizes the construction industry’s importance in the creation of jobs. To help individuals get started on a career in the construction trades, IDES developed the Apprenticeship Information Centers. These centers, located in IDES offices and in Illinois Employment and Training Center (IETC) offices, allow you to obtain detailed information about apprenticeship programs and also find out when specific construction
trades are accepting applications for entrance into their program.
Requirements for Application: (Bring the following with you into the IDES Center.)
•Your high school diploma or G.E.D. Certificate.
•The name(s) and address(es) of the high school(s) or vocational school(s) you’ve attended.
•A copy of your birth certificate.
•The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of two or three individuals who will serve as
your personal references.
•A Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Form DD-214). (Veterans only.)
1615 Oak Ave.
See attached document for additional IDES ITEC Office Locations in Northeast Illinois