Trade School Programs vs. On-the-Job Training

Trade School Programs vs. On-the-Job Training

A common question that Sacramento trade schools receive is: Why should I go to a trade school when I can get on-the-job training with a future employer? To summarize that answer, trade schools offer valuable skills training that may not be as comprehensive as the basic job training workers would receive at the work place. To unpack that a little more, here are some of the main reasons why workers should consider trade school programs instead of placing their hopes in on-the-job training.

Evaluating Job Candidates

Even before applicants get the job, they have to prove to prospective employers that they are both motivated and capable of performing well in the position they are being considered for. Attending a trade school program for a specific field or career demonstrates that they are already invested in the position and that they possess a set of skills applicable to the work they will be doing.

Relevant Skills Certification

Certification is one of the main goals of high-quality Northern California career training colleges, and certification in a relevant field shows that a job candidate has demonstrated a certain level of competency. A study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce went a step further and found that certificate holders earn 20% more than workers with only a high school diploma. Those who hold certificates in their field have nearly the same salaries as workers with associate’s degrees, and 23% of certificate holders reported that they earned more than the average worker with a four-year degree.

Trade School Career Assistance

Trade schools want their students to succeed, so many offer professional services to help students in their job hunt. Career counselors will help students and program graduates develop their resume, prepare for interviews, and provide them with more job hunting resources. Schools may have connections with regional businesses and may be able to help students get placed at those firms. They may also refer high-achieving students to recruiters and employers who come to the school looking for potential job candidates.

Employers may be reluctant to hire candidates that will require significant on-the-job training because it represents a loss to the company. The more time a business spends training employees to be able to perform basic tasks, the less benefit they ultimately gain from the employee. On the other hand, candidates who have received prior training for the position they are applying for will likely transition more easily into their new career. Their training may progress more quickly, and they may be able to move onto advanced tasks sooner, adding more value to their overall contributions.