National Apprenticeship Week is an opportunity to share the many reasons why apprenticeships are a great way to get into a well-paying career. Apprenticeships provide a critical talent pipeline into careers where there is a great need, like in the energy industry.

An apprenticeship could be a good choice for someone who’s not interested in a traditional four-year college degree or the cost that comes with it. At DTE, an apprenticeship averages four years – but the individual earns a competitive hourly wage while they learn. They’ll receive on the job training from a Journeyman and there may be classroom training.

Here at DTE, the main apprenticeships are in our Gas Operations and Electric Distribution Operations organizations, including:

While many see skilled trades careers as predominantly men’s fields, more women are joining these rewarding careers.

Recruiter April Lagrande says, “Qualities to be successful in an apprenticeship are good listening, asking questions, mechanical skills, working in all types of elements, safety awareness, good work ethic and giving 100%. A good candidate should also like working with their hands. Good energy and teamwork are key to a successful apprenticeship. 

Do you know someone who might be a good fit for an apprenticeship? At DTE, individuals will need to create a resume profile at our career site and then set up job alerts for opportunities that interest them. When jobs become available, they can receive an automated email informing them of the job posting.

Find out more about these careers at Discover Skilled Trades and read more about DTE-specific opportunities here.