I thought I would post this, there was a discussion regarding union trades on here somewhere, and I can’t seem to find it.
An 18 year old can start an apprenticeship at $20 p/hr, and in 5-years they will be making $42 p/hr, with a full pension (like the good ole’ days), and another $15 p/hr in benefits i.e. health insurance etc. (see attached screenshot) There is a shortage of HVAC / Plumbers, as few young kids are entering the trades.
As a teenager, I worked at KFC. In 1988 they offered me an assistant manager position for $9 p/hr (it would have been a huge raise, as I was making 3.35 p/hr at the time) I went home and told my Dad I was taking the manager position, and he told me “no, your not” after a lengthy discussion, he said there was no way in the world he would let me enter into a career in fast food.
He gave me three choices.
1) Join the military
2) Get a trade apprenticeship
3) Move out of my house while you still know everything
I wasn’t ready to join the military, and I was broke, and couldn’t afford to move out, so I took option two.
It was one of the better decisions I have made in life, of course my old man forced my hand.
I have not been unemployed a day in my life since turning 18.
It doesn’t really matter whether you agree with unions or not, this is one of the better ways a kid can go, and have absolutely zero college debt, great wage, company vehicle, pension, overtime, stable work etc.
Also, the trades are really hurting, all the good guys are my age, with exceedingly low new young talent.
I’ve had this conversation with two of my close buddies, and both their boys decided to enter the trades, and it’s working out well for both of them.