Skilled to Work: Trades Academy prepares students for apprenticeships

If you’re interested in the academy, you can apply now.

Posted: Dec. 18, 2018 10:08 AM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- The Lane Education Service District held an open house last week for their Trades Academy program, which begins in February.

The academy is a six-week program that helps prepare young people who want to go into a trade and gets them ready for an apprenticeship.

“Our most successful apprentices have had some experience, whether it be in high school or with a different pre-apprenticeship program,” said Jeff Harms with the PNW Regional Council of Carpenters. “Those who are interested in the trades typically find us, but this gives us the ability to kind of find the folks that might fit out on the job sites and succeed in the trades.”

Right now, the average age of an apprentice is 28. The hope for the Trades Academy is to bring that average age down with more young people launching into skilled careers.

If you’re interested in the academy, you can apply now. Just complete the application form on Lane ESD’s website. Students can earn high school credit for the program.

Trades like carpentry, plumbing and electrical work are facing a big problem -- as Baby Boomers retire, no one is there to take their spots. In “Skilled to Work,” KEZI 9 News is partnering with employers in our area to address the lack of workers for skilled jobs. To learn more, click here

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