Under the plan, the city’s construction trade unions will set aside 40% of apprenticeships between now and 2010 to women, veterans, high school grads and others "at risk" of falling into joblessness.
That should amount to 500 to 1,000 apprenticeships per year in jobs that can quickly reap up to $75,000 annually, said Building & Construction Trades Council chief Ed Malloy.
The city also will open a new, $45 million high school next September dedicated to construction trades and work with City University of New York to develop programs for project managers.
I’ve always felt, that on the whole, our country would do well to support learning a skilled trade as well as a college education. Not everyone is interested in college, and giving respect to a skilled trade, and understanding that a good salary and benefits can come with it, could really help a lot of people out there.
If my husband had started his apprenticeship right out of high school, we’d be doing quite well right now — it took this long to figure out what to do, how to get in, and then get the training.
A kid out of high school going into an apprentice program could be doing as well or better than some of his or her peers in a similar time frame. And furthermore, some of the trades actually wind up getting you a degree when you finish the training! The program is actually worth a number of credits (depending which trade you are in) and a good number of schools, including one SUNY one that I know of, do take the credits.
So perhaps trying to get everyone behind a desk isn’t a wise idea. Perhaps trying to get some wiring buildings, welding, lifting, installing, building and producing would do good for them and our economy. I’m all for it.