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Construction Trades - Helpful Information

Things to know

Most programs require that students and apprentices purchase tools. In addition, some programs require you to buy your own safety equipment. This usually includes gloves, steel-toed shoes, safety glasses, ear and eye protection, and a hard hat.

Electricians need to have good color vision.

Many construction workers are union members.

Employers and unions prefer applicants who have some work experience. For information about apprenticeships and other training opportunities, call or visit local contractors, union offices, apprenticeship agencies, or your nearest employment service office.

Some programs offer day or evening classes.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.
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