I had a curious parent ask a great question in an email. I was inspired to start a FAQ category for articles and I thought i would share this one with everyone. Darren's email was as follows;
"I don't understand just how your Apprentice Path will help in my city for my 18 year old son in Texas. But Please let me know how.
My response is below;
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For those visiting for the first time I wanted to give an update on the progress and structure of the site. There are three basic types of courses/classes. There are:
1. Construction Courses - Full length, multiple-lesson courses involving multiple topics. (i.e... How to Build Your Own Home)
2. Quick Classes - Short, one lesson classes usually on just one topic (i.e... How to Lay Out A Stair).
3. Apprentice Path - 12 month program with monthly lessons and assignments.
Our priority at the moment is the Apprentice Path and completing the classes for the month program. We have a few months of classes ready and we could take on apprentices at anytime for those interested. Apprentices must register and be approved for this program but it is free for them.
Our fist Construction Course is our "How to Build Your Own Home" course and it is actually based on a real project we are about to start building. If you are going to build your own home and want to take this course, contact me and I will get you set up for the course. We have an introductory cost of $275.00 for this course but that will definitely go up as demand changes.
Our Quick Classes are free and are just videos showing how to do different things. We do take requests for these and the cost for that is $75 per video. Again, these prices will go up as we get more demand and our time gets limited.
All of the paid courses will fund scholarships for apprentices taking the Apprentice Path. If you think our goal of rebuilding the apprentice culture in this country is worthy, consider supporting us by taking a paid class or donating. We have server costs and will soon have the cost of a virtual classroom we are working on and also a supplement type handbook we are producing for our apprentices. It is all exciting stuff for me but is a bit expensive so any help will be appreciated. We will give donors a special membership at the Mentor level and will also be listed as founding members on a special page on the website.
You can also help by referring young people who are thinking of making construction a career. Part of the 12 month Apprentice Path involves personalized career planning. Thank you for your interest and wish us good luck in 2020. Contact ArtisanTony here!
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I am now developing this course which will be an extensive course that takes you into every aspect of building a home. You will learn about site acquisition, planning, design, budgeting and the actual construction process. The course will include how-to videos, sample forms and SketchUp videos. It will help you develop a philosophy for you project that will lead it to completion.
We can also create custom how-to videos for your specific needs. Contact us here for this and other services.
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We are now searching for apprentice candidates for our mentoring program. There is a lot to do and explain so I created this graphic of what we want to do. The idea is that we mentor those who want to make the construction industry their career, through these phases. This philosophy will work with just about any profession and we plan to adapt it as we go along so if you have any interest in seeing this be successful, please contact me here. I am excited about the possibilities.
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One of the things I think is missing in our country that use to exist is the culture of mentoring and apprenticeships in the trades. It may well exist still in trade unions but in the non-union, residential world, it is basically gone. I am developing a method that will combine online training with real world training with the hopes of developing a new passion in young people for the construction industry.
I want to foster a renewed vision where students are challenged and have a reason to develop a desire to be artisans. To do this, we need to bring back the old system of mentoring and apprenticeship. We need to redevelop the culture of community and quality that once surrounded the craftsman. The idea that people go into the trades out of desperation or as a last resort needs to be abolished and The attitude that the craftsman is just hired help needs to go away. This needs to be replaced with education, certification and rewards for accomplishment. A new respect for the work and the people who do the work must be established. The artisan must return to our society!
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