TERM: 2nd Term Apprentice
Tell us about your journey into the Oregon Laborers, what made you choose to become a construction craft laborer apprentice?
I’ve spent the past 10 years working in public libraries. While I loved the work, there were no opportunities to advance or have a career unless I earned a master’s degree. I stumbled across a video about registered apprenticeships and it was like a light bulb went off. I signed up for a webinar through Oregon Tradeswomen where local apprenticeship programs could explain their specific trades to people.
Construction Craft Laborers caught my attention with the variety of work it’s possible to do. I also didn’t feel as intimidated coming in with no previous experience working in the trades.
How has being in the apprenticeship program impacted your life?
I’m making a living wage for the first time in my life. I went from having to live with roommates, living paycheck to paycheck, to affording an apartment for myself and figuring out what my future can look like. The problem-solving skills I’m building at work give me the confidence to tackle other challenges in my life.
What advice would you give others who are interested in joining our program or are just starting out?
Don’t be afraid to apply just because you don’t fit the “traditional” mold of a construction worker. If you’re willing to show up and work you will build up strength and stamina. Be ready to bounce from task to task, things are always changing on a job site.