August 2020

How To Demystify The Apprenticeship Process

By |2020-08-14T13:54:34-05:00August 14th, 2020|

Ah, the mystery of applying for an apprenticeship with the trades. The application process is the question I receive the most from people who are interested. How do I apply? What is an 'Intent to Hire' letter? It can be frustrating when you make a decision to 'chance a dream' and then be stymied by a process which is different than what a person might anticipate. A person's anxiety can fire up and frankly cause them not to apply - which is a shame and could be easily avoided. So we have a video (linked below) from the Local 49 [...]

July 2020

How To Be Purposeful About Your Future

By |2020-07-27T14:11:22-05:00July 28th, 2020|

Many people "fall" into a career with the trades. It is what their dad did or what their mom's family did for a living and they were just expected to fall in line. Some people walked onto a job site and said they wanted a job... Sometimes things just work out. However, there are a lot of people who are in school, just out of school, or who have not found the right career as life has gone on and are considering the trades as a career option - those are "my people!" These are the people that aren't just [...]

June 2020

Trades Are Going Strong

By |2020-07-09T09:00:41-05:00June 15th, 2020|

If you are looking into a career in the trades, you might be afraid that your career search is on permanent hold right now… You would be wrong. Now is a great time to research and get the application process going. Many things have closed, furloughed, or stopped – much of the economy has stopped, much, but not the trades. The trades are going strong! Look outside when you take your next walk or drive to the store. Road construction, building projects are all on schedule and will need the skilled workforce to complete them. While you are looking into [...]

Staying Focused On the Trades

By |2020-07-09T09:01:19-05:00June 15th, 2020|

I am working with a high school student who wants to take advantage of an apprenticeship to land a great paying career with the electrical workers here in Duluth. Because of COVID, his school and the normal practices that go along with it have really been severed. Do the date expectations still apply? Will the apprenticeships still be available? Will the economy related to COVID even include apprenticeships? He is a student who has not experienced this and we are talking about his future, his goal - who can blame him for being anxious. Here is a part of our [...]

March 2020

How Flooring Is A Creative Trade

By |2020-07-09T09:02:13-05:00March 2nd, 2020|

When you walk into a building, often the floor is the last thing you look at. It is an expectation that there is a floor and it serves its’ purpose. Carpets, vinyl, bricks, blocks, concrete, wood; floors help you get from point A to point B in an efficient and safe manner. Flooring is stereotyped as utilitarian at best – an afterthought at worst. […]

January 2020

Apprenticeships in the 218

By |2020-05-21T11:49:01-05:00January 3rd, 2020|

218Trades and the Apprenticeship Summit 2019 Back in June, I was invited to be on a planning team for the 2019 Apprenticeship Summit which was to be held in Duluth on November 15th. The 218trades part of the summit was headed up by NEMOJT's Heath Boe, one of the point people for 218trades and a believer in how a renewed focus on the opportunities in the trades can impact lives in "the 218." Anyway... Working in conjunction with Elena Foshay from Duluth Workforce Development, Rick Martagon and Jeremy Parker from the State of Minnesota, along with many others, [...]

December 2019

Welcome to!

By |2020-05-21T11:50:17-05:00December 20th, 2019|

Checking Out Your Potential Future - It's Why You're Here, Right?? Well o'well...The time has finally come...The job you have isn't "doing it" for you. The Twin Cities is not all that appealing? The truck you want is out of your price range and you will never be able to afford it if you keep doing what you are doing? It is time to look into your next career. The opportunities you are looking for are here - back home. #workhereplayherestayhere The 218trades website was designed with YOU in mind. There are ideas, links, questions, locations, and trade [...]

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The trades have Good pay, even at a starting wage. Advancements are there if you take it seriously and want to improve your career. The demand is strong.
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We have requests for 2 to 3 times the work that we can perform. If I had qualified job foremen and quality workers available, we could build many more homes and projects than we do.
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There is a great satisfaction in building, and completing quality projects for people. The work has great variety, and the learning experiences are invaluable.
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