Happy Holidays | 2022
Reflections of tomorrow inspire our todays.
There is no time like the present to start an apprenticeship. Demand continues to grow for trade-related jobs, and unlike many professions these days, construction workers cannot be outsourced. Whether you just graduated from high school and have loved construction since the day you first picked up a hammer or you simply need a drastic change in your current career path, pursing an apprenticeship might be one of the best life decisions you make. Here’s why …
Facts aside, it is sometimes easier to rely on real life experiences when it comes to making decisions. Apprentices each have a unique story and come from various backgrounds. Whether in the midst of an apprenticeship or filling the role of Project Executive nearly 40 years after journeying out of the program, the folks in this five-part blog series will tell you they have zero regrets about their decisions. Up first: Apprentice Tyler Richardson.
Current Project: Lakefront Blocks
Tyler learned basic building concepts at a very early age thanks to his role model and father, GLY Superintendent Terry Richardson. It helped to have two additional building veterans teaching him secrets of the trade: his uncle, GLY Superintendent Joey Mills, and family friend, GLY General Superintendent Rick Woods.
Tyler was quite young when his father recognized his son wanted to follow in his footsteps. Terry taught him to work hard, practice humility, and learn as much as you can … admirable goals for every apprentice.
Naturally, Tyler applied for the apprenticeship program as soon as he was old enough. Though he knew what to expect, he says he was surprised by the high level of unity on the jobsite. If he struggles, someone steps in to help. As an added bonus, he already made many friends who he can depend on outside of work as well.
Tyler wakes up every day excited to come into work—arriving with a positive attitude and ready to learn something new.
1,2 Mark Ouellet, Building a Future: The Benefits of Entering an Apprenticeship Program, Youth Today, (https://youthtoday.org/2017/06/building-a-future-the-benefits-of-entering-an-apprenticeship-program/), June 12, 2017.