4th Year Apprentice, Welder, Steamfitters Local #449
Jessica was working in a ‘job’ that was unexciting. On top of that, she says she was making minimum wage with no prospects to grow either professionally or financially. A family friend, a retired Steamfitter, told her she would never regret giving the apprentice training program a shot.
“He was absolutely correct, and it’s really incredible what I’ve been able to do,” she said. “I’ve learned a life-long professional skill, I earn five times what I used to, and I have great benefits. Truly life changing for me and my son.”
Jessica says more women should consider the trades as a career. “I think women fear the physicality of the profession, which I did too, but now that I’ve been doing this for four years I can honestly say it’s not something I even think about …it’s just what I do.”