Segments in this Video

Skilled Trades Overview (05:07)


Skilled people in the trades are responsible for all aspects of construction work from homes to institutional buildings. A rodworker and carpenter apprentice explain their training and work experience.

Skilled Trades Tradition (03:00)

History credits highly skilled workers with building the great edifices of the past. Today the high wages, benefits, and training provided by unions offer a satisfying lifestyle.

Continuing Education for Skilled Trades (04:48)

A big advantage to becoming an apprentice in a trade is earning a paycheck while learning on the job from experienced mentors. Even after certification further training is available to upgrade skills.

Union Support for Skilled Trades (04:55)

Belonging to a union ensures high wages, health benefits, safety training, and opportunity for advancement. Several workers describe the job satisfaction and security they experience.

Becoming an Apprentice in Skilled Trades (04:17)

Employers advise students to graduate from high school and to choose their courses carefully. Apprentice programs last from two to six years and students earn while they learn.

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Tour of the Trades

Part of the Series : Made with the Trades
DVD Price: $99.95
DVD + 3-Year Streaming Price: $149.93
3-Year Streaming Price: $99.95



The construction industry is big business, involving hundreds of professions and specialty areas. This program offers a fast-paced survey of the skilled construction trades, providing a sense of the diversity of jobs available, as well as comparing the wages of construction trades to other industries. Along with dozens of scenes from construction projects on a variety of scales, apprentices and journeyman workers discuss what they enjoy about their trade and how they got started. (25 minutes)

Length: 26 minutes

Item#: BVL32258

ISBN: 978-0-7365-7545-4

Copyright date: ©2003

Closed Captioned

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