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Old 10-10-2017, 12:11 PM
 
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I'm 21 years old and am looking to get into a trade as soon as possible, and hope to get paid while I'm in training as an apprentice. I live in the Fort Lauderdale area. I just moved down here from a NE state.

I can't figure out what's the best to get into/the easiest to start with. Any recommendations would be appreciated. I have zero experience with the trades, but heard there are no unions running down here. thanks
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Old 10-11-2017, 02:16 PM
 
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I would check out HVAC shops around town. Start out as an apprentice and move on up with some hard work. If you get good in the trade you will always have work in Florida. Good Luck
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Old 10-11-2017, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Seminole County, FL
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Electrician maybe? You can start off as an apprentice and quickly move up, and eventually go independent. A friend of mine did exactly this. Makes probably more than I do now.
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Old 10-11-2017, 03:26 PM
 
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I heard that underwater welders are in demand; not sure if true but it pays very very well if you’re the diving type.
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Old 10-12-2017, 07:48 AM
 
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Need to find a trade that does not get flooded with illegals. Wage suppression is a killer in some trades.
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Old 10-12-2017, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Seminole County, FL
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Need to find a trade that does not get flooded with illegals. Wage suppression is a killer in some trades.
A lot of them will be full of not only illegals, but also under-the-table workers.. However, most are limited to being "laborers."
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Old 10-12-2017, 12:20 PM
 
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A lot of them will be full of not only illegals, but also under-the-table workers.. However, most are limited to being "laborers."
I left the work sites about 9 yrs ago and back then they took over a lot of the painting crews, flooring, roofing, screens work, pool installations, landscaping, Block work, concrete, stucco, drywall and framing. Today I would imagine more.
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Old 10-12-2017, 07:35 PM
 
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I left the work sites about 9 yrs ago and back then they took over a lot of the painting crews, flooring, roofing, screens work, pool installations, landscaping, Block work, concrete, stucco, drywall and framing. Today I would imagine more.
Call ICE.
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Old 10-12-2017, 08:17 PM
 
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You would be best off contacting regional/local government operated vocational schools, such as Ptec in Pinellas county for guidance. I repeat government vocational/educational schools and not the for profit rip off tell you a bunch of stuff. Apprenticeship is almost nil, and it was never great in Florida to begin with. Most employers want experience and they won't pay for you to get it. Those days are long gone if it doesn't benefit the profit margin.

There are plenty of excellent trades to make a living , a good living but there are much better states to get the education over Florida.

As mentioned welding is a excellent trade and underwater welders are in demand. Actually if I was looking for a Welding apprenticeship I would check out the ship yards in Biloxi, MS and Mobile, AL areas. They are hiring heavy and building navy vessels.
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Old 10-12-2017, 08:23 PM
 
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Need to find a trade that does not get flooded with illegals. Wage suppression is a killer in some trades.
Some of what you say has merit but basically all of your miserable numerous comments wreak of ill informed bigotry. Really you would be the last person I would listen to, because you don't know that much.
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