What is Construction?

Have you ever considered a career in the construction industry but felt apprehensive about entering a field with so few women?  Do you love hands-on projects?  If so, Construction may be the ideal field for you!  As with many skilled trades, there are countless opportunities to learn while you earn via apprenticeship programs. Many of these skills are also transferrable to advanced manufacturing. 

Although you can learn any of the skilled trades on the job or with more formal training, this WISE construction industry module is focused on apprenticeships for the trades listed below. These are the Earn & Learn opportunities that you may have heard about elsewhere on this website. 

What are Construction Apprenticeships?

An apprenticeship provides an opportunity to earn wages while you are being trained. In addition to classroom instruction, you’ll be paired with skilled mentors who will provide on-the-job training. This training prepares you for success in your new job and potential career!

Benefits of Apprenticeships

Facts About the Construction Industry

  • Employment of construction is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016-2026, faster than the average of all occupations, a gain of about 747,600 new jobs.
  • Overall growth in the economy and population will increase demand for new buildings, roads, and other structures, which will create new jobs in construction (and extraction) occupations.
  • Wages will vary by region.

Get Started on the WISE Construction Apprenticeship Paths

Electrician responsibilities can include layout, installation and testing electrical service and electrical wire systems used to provide heat, light, power, air conditioning and refrigeration.

Carpenters perform work basic to most building construction – erecting framework, partitions, studs, joints, drywall and rafters.

Operate and maintain a variety of powerful equipment from bulldozers, backhoes and earth movers to very large power shovels and cranes.

Visit Cleveland Builds to learn about apprenticeship programs in many other skilled construction trades in addition to these on our website.