Skills learned though 4-H could turn into a skilled trade job

Youth can pursue skilled trade jobs using some of the skills they learned through their 4-H projects.

Have you ever thought of pursuing a career where you may use some of the skills you were taught through your 4-H projects? Some of these careers are referred to as skilled trade jobs and may only require an apprenticeship or attending a trade school, yet they are in demand. Project areas in science technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) may be a focus area for some of these jobs.

Here are a few skilled jobs that are in demand and the type of training that is required:

  • Electrician. Apprenticeship programs are often the training vehicle for an electrician. The programs consist of 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and another 144 hours in the classroom each year. It will take about four years to complete this type of program.
  • Plumber. These skills are taught through apprenticeships, trade schools and community college programs. Apprenticeships can take four to five years to complete.
  • Carpenter. Journeymen carpenters complete a four-year apprenticeship and trade school. Carpenters may train or specialize in a particular area such as new constructions or cabinet making.
  • HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) mechanics and installers. They receive most of their training at technical and trade schools. Some community colleges may offer HVAC programs that may only be six months to two years in length.

These are just a few skilled trade jobs. You should explore all sorts of jobs and careers as you navigate your future plans. Tools that may assist you in planning your future are Identifying Your Skill Set and Networking and the Job Search from Michigan State University Extension.

Michigan State University Extension and Michigan 4-H Youth Development help to prepare young people for successful futures. As a result of career exploration and workforce preparation activities, thousands of Michigan youth are better equipped to make important decisions about their future, ready to contribute to the workforce.


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