The Missouri Job Centers at Joplin, Monett, and Neosho are pleased to announce a new fast-track training program designed to help better equip job seekers with the in-demand skills employers need. Don’t let cheesy reality TV shows fool you. With an ideal mix of short-term training and work experience related to the field, pre-apprenticeships offer a no-hassle way to learn high-demand skills to quickly land a great job. Most pre-apprenticeships have financial aid to avoid loading up tons of debt common with traditional college programs. Contact a workforce specialist at your local job center to learn more and get connected.
Qualities of a Successful Apprentice
- Good work ethic: Shows up every day, on time, for work and school. Always has back-up day care and transportation plans. Works hard at a steady pace.
- Positive attitude: Listens and learns on the job and in school. Works with others as a team to build the project. Follows directions of crew leaders regardless of the manner in which they are given. (Directions are often given quickly and may sound angry because the immediacy of the job situation demands it. This is not the time for sensitive feelings.)
- Aptitude: Aptitude for the trade/occupation and some work history (paid or unpaid). Has some experience doing construction, production, or other comparable work or transferable skills. Has proven potential to be good worker. Any continuous employment or training with a good attendance record can indicate this, even if not related to the trade/occupation.
- Physical condition: Some apprenticeships require both physical strength and endurance. In those that do, able to work in a physically demanding environment for extended periods of time in all weather conditions. Can work at heights and in enclosed areas. Is very safety conscious in all work.
- Drug-free: Can pass drug/alcohol tests that are given randomly to workers.
- English language: Good comprehension of the English language. This includes both verbal and written comprehension for successful learning on the job and in school.
- Values the System: Values the apprenticeship system as an excellent way to learn skills and develop a career while making a good living wage with benefits.
- Enjoys the Work: Chooses a trade that he/she really enjoys and wants to learn. You need to like the work in order to stay with it when times are tough.
- Makes a Commitment: Apprenticeship program sponsors invest time and money training apprentices. They want apprentices who will complete their program and stay employed within the industry that has invested time and money into an individual’s career training.