International Training Institute for the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Industry Program Administrator Mike Harris joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how a registered apprenticeship program can be a viable ticket to the middle class.
Harris appeared on the podcast during National Apprenticeship Week.
The ITI has 150 affiliated training centers across the country, with most boasting high retention rates. Working with sheet metal is not a mindless job, he said. It involves considerable creative problem solving that can be highly engaging.
Apprenticeships provide a unique education through on-the-job training. Many courses even offer college credit for those who wish to pursue a college degree. It is not uncommon for people to earn an associate degree through the training and classwork they complete during a registered apprenticeship program.
Courses, such as algebra or trigonometry, can often be intimidating. However, Harris said hands-on experiences, like those in an apprenticeship program, allow the topics to become more understandable. Students can visualize the concepts and how they apply to day-to-day work because they experience the physical applications.
Listen to the entire episode to learn more about apprenticeships:
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