REMODELING columnist Paul Winans finds encouragement in a recent New York Times piece about the rising appeal of apprenticeship programs in industry, and advocates for making training and teaching a regular part of your company’s everyday work. Granted, that approach may not be as formal or effective as a four-year apprenticeship school, but it's a start to a very important solution for our industry.
In describing his own path to pursuing a career as a remodeler, Winans reveals the bias that many in the trades have felt, and continue to feel.
The unspoken message even back then was the smart people went to college and those who weren’t quite so smart did blue-collar jobs. The fact is I liked blue-collar work and was smart. And I was not the only one.
But little by little, those old biases may be falling away as basic economics makes trade careers increasingly attractive.