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Apprenticeship offers the best of both worlds: paid on-the-job training and related classroom instruction.  Since 1933, formal apprenticeship has played an important role in assuring North America of a steady supply of skilled workers.
In many ways, the apprenticeship system has been one of America's best kept secrets!

Formal apprenticeship is most highly established in the Building Construction Industry where management (the building contractors) and labor (the craft unions) maintain a long tradition of working together to recruit and  train new workers in order maximize the productivity of its workforce! The vast majority of union carpenters, electricians, plumbers, sheet metal workers, ironworkers, glaziers and elevator constructors learned their trade through formal apprenticeship.

However, outstanding job training opportunities are not just limited to the building construction industry! Many industries sponsor apprenticeship programs and many corporations and government agencies offer summer internship programs
which offer high school and college students a chance to earn income and gain valuable work related experience before they graduate!

is a practical source of information regardless of which career or job training program interests you. We'll guide you to outstanding online resources. Apprenticeship is an excellent place to start your career search!

Apprenticeship is intended to be a self-help information based web site-always free to the user. We are not an employer, a labor organization,  immigration advisor or a job placement agency.

So why not join the thousands of young men and women across the U.S. and Canada who are earning excellent wages and benefits as they learn a skilled trade or vocational skill.

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John L. Web Manager
25.   What is a Mechanical Aptitude Test?A Mechanical Aptitude Test is usually a written test (often multiple choice) which is designed to rate one's reasoning ability in areas considered crucial to mechanical aptitude.   The test can take one to three hours.   The test usually covers:
        Mechanical Insight and Comprehension
        Tool Recognition
        Abstract Reasoning
        Figure Analogies
        Symbol Classification
        Pattern Analysis
        Spatial Relations
26.   Is there any way I can study or prepare myself for a Mechanical Aptitude Test?Yes; and it is highly recommended that you do so.   Most applicants are eliminated at this stage for failing to score high enough on this test.   Try to find out from the JAC what sort of problems will be on the test and concentrate on those areas. Make every effort to obtain one of the following study guide:
           Barron's How to Prepare for the Mechanical Aptitude and Spatial Relations Tests, by Joel Wiesen.
If you need brushing up on math, the following study guide should suffice:
          The Official SAT Subj
Allow yourself at least two weeks of preparation before the test day and study at least one hour a day.   The importance of scoring high on this test cannot be overstated!


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