Hey, job-seekers: have you considered training instead?

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If you’re considering a career in manufacturing, you’ve probably searched for jobs already. But there’s another option that many job seekers overlook: training. Whether you’re looking for a higher-paying job, to advance in your career, or to change industries, chances are there’s a training program out there that fits your requirements and lifestyle.

So who is training right for? The real answer is: anyone. But below we’ve put together some common scenarios in the manufacturing industries and the kind of programs that might be a good fit.

“I keep going to interviews, but haven’t been hired yet.”

Whether you keep landing the interview, but not the job (or whether you keep applying and no one’s called you in for an interview), lack of experience may be to blame. Employers often prefer to hire candidates with at least some on-the-job experience applicable to the role.

How can training help? Look for a manufacturing training program that offer a certificate or some component of on-the-job training. This will not only demonstrate initiative on your part, but will also be work experience you can put on your resume.

Check out: Clover Park Training Programs: Students earn certificates or an AAT degree that qualifies them to be machinist helpers or CNC machinists immediately on graduation. This takes 3 months-2 years depending on level of certificate.

“I like the idea of training, but I can’t afford to quit my job.”

There’s a common perception that all training programs cost thousands of dollars or take years to complete. But that’s simply not the case. There are options for paid training programs and apprenticeships, where you can get the skills you need to advance your career and still pay the bills.

Check out: Orion Manufacturing – Orion’s Manufacturing Training Program includes a combination of hands-on training in work centers and learning-style classes. Part time or full time schedules. All participants are paid minimum wage and can continue to work there until they find a job.

“I’d like to advance my career, but I don’t want to leave my current job for training.”

This situation applies to lots of people: maybe you want to advance in your current company faster or maybe you want to keep working until you’re fully trained and ready for another position. Either way, there are options.

Look for training programs that offer flexible, night, or weekend schedules. These “worker friendly” programs are often designed for people who want to get training without quitting their jobs.

Check out: Manufacturing/Machinist Technology at South Seattle College – This 9-month program holds classes Friday evenings and on weekends. This is an intensive program that covers everything from the basic setup and operation of machines to training in shop math and problem-solving.

“I can’t afford the tuition.”

There are lots of options available for you. The tuition for some 2-4 year degrees can be daunting, but many schools offer financial aid and scholarships to ease the burden. When you find a program that interests you, it’s worth reaching out to their admissions counselors to discuss options. Some schools also have relationships with employers who will often guarantee you a job or even pay for some of your training if you’ll work for them afterwards.

And there are other options like paid training and apprenticeships that will cost you nothing and, in some cases, even pay you a stipend or salary.

Check out: The Manufacturing Academy – The Manufacturing Academy is a training program aimed at anyone who wants to learn the skills they need to get into aerospace and advanced manufacturing. No cost and lasts 10 weeks. After completion, you’ll have the experience for an entry level manufacturing job or the AJAC paid apprenticeship programs.

“I’d like to get into a skilled trade, but I don’t know how to start.”

WorkStep manufacturing training pages are a great place to start. We break down lots of different training programs so you can find out how much they cost, what skills you’ll learn, and who they’re right for.

Check out:WorkStep training in manufacturing

There’s a lot of information to sift through, and it can sometimes feel overwhelming. If you’re interested in finding out more about training options, reach out to your career counselor or drop us a note at support@workstep.com.

And stay tuned for more information on training in other industries like trucking, warehouse operations, or skilled trades.