Student debt in the U.S. is a $1.5 trillion problem, and there are no signs of it slowing down any time soon. And for some borrowers, they end up owing many times what they originally borrowed. While student loan debt can cripple some who seek advanced education, there are training opportunities for a rewarding career without the debt. That’s where union apprenticeships in the trades come in, offering a well-paying career with extensive, no-cost training.
In fact, apprentices earn as they learn. By working on job sites while they learn, apprentices actually make money while completing their training. And according to the Department of Labor, apprentices earn an average starting salary of $60,000 without the burden of student loan debt.
The compensation matches the skills and value union members bring to the job site every day. From a multi-year training program of classroom instruction, hands-on opportunities and on-the-job development with seasoned members, apprentices soon become highly-skilled tradesmen and women that build a safe and quality Minnesota.
If you’re interested in learning more about how an apprenticeship can pay off for you, check out these resources to take the first step: