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    :: Wednesday, November 07, 2007 ::

    Young people: take a look at the trades - By: Cathy Herholdt, Lynnwood Journal Newspapers, WA
    According to sources in the trade industries and state labor experts, there are plenty of jobs for carpenters, mechanics, electricians, heavy equipment operators, aerospace manufacturers and healthcare workers, many of which pay over $40,000 a year and offer full benefit packages.

    With more baby boomers reaching retirement age and a cultural push toward the majority of young people seeking four-year college degrees, our state is seeing a decline in skilled workers for certain jobs.

    "We're getting workers from out of state to fill the gaps," said Rick Bender, president of the Washington State Labor Council. "There are some real good opportunities with apprenticeships for young people." Apprenticeships allow those learning a trade to earn about 50 percent of journey level wages while working and going to school at night. Classes are also paid for by the union. "A finish carpenter (for example) is worth their weight in gold," said Bender.
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