When we hear the word apprenticeship, we usually think of someone learning a building trade, such as carpentry, electrical work, or plumbing. And while this is what an apprenticeship is in its most basic form, it can mean so much more to those involved.
Many children get excited when they see bulldozers, cement trucks, and cranes. Then, as they get older, it may interest them to see an empty lot develop into a beautiful building. For many of us, our first foray into construction was playing with a Tonka truck or building with Lincoln Logs or Legos.
Whether you take part in building an office building or hotel, remodeling a kitchen, or amazing a homeowner with the new deck you built, you might still connect with that youthful excitement that first motivated you to go into the construction industry.
Learning a hands-on skill in the trades can benefit anyone. It can become a career in building or developing or help you gain an understanding of how to improve your own home and help others.
In today’s world, there are many apprenticeship programs available. Apprenticeship programs are a great way for young men and women to learn the correct processes and norms for the skills they wish to acquire. It’s also important to understand safety practices when operating tools and equipment throughout the building process. Learning over time can make it easier for one to prepare to become very talented and successful in his or her trade.
Although there many types of teachers and teaching styles in the construction industry, the teacher who’s focused on raising up the next generation brings out the heart of the industry. This type of teacher will always stand out. Not only do they teach the skills of the trade, but they also teach other things like character, integrity, and work ethics. In addition, they draw out the creativity within their students and help them understand why things work the way they do. This type of teacher paves the way for leadership development.
I believe one of the greatest responsibilities we have is to the next generation. Imparting quality skills to youth is often lost in our society in favor of rushing through the logistics to get things done. Instead, true apprenticeship will focus on all areas of a skill to develop well-rounded employees and future levels of expertise. It brings fullness to what can sometimes become an empty journey of learning.