After serving in the United States Army and recently coming off of active duty, Ryan began the search for a new career. “I was scrolling social media, and a post for the Missouri Works Initiative’s Apprentice Ready Program popped up on Facebook. I had always been fascinated by building and woodworking and had a desire to learn more about it, so I knew I wanted to eventually join the Carpenter’s Union,” says Ryan.
Impressed by the hands-on experiences and helpful perks like a $150 tool allotment, two pairs of Carhartt jeans, and a pair of high quality boots, Ryan was sold on the program. “I really like that it’s hands-on. When we visited the union halls, they had building projects set up for us that let us experience a bit of what it would be like to work in different fields. The Union business agents came in and explained more about the unions and professors came in and explained the history of the unions and why union workers are desirable, sought out professionals.”
After graduating the program, Ryan has been placed with Carpenters 945 and Carson Mitchell Construction. “My life has changed so much for the better,” Ryan shares. “I have so much less stress. I love being an apprentice with the Carpenter’s union – I absolutely love it. It’s fun to learn more about what you’re doing, and I’m setting personal goals. I want to reach superintendent level, and the education and resources that are available to me now will help me get there.”
Ryan highly recommends the MWI’s Missouri Apprentice Ready Program to anyone looking for a new career – especially men and women coming out of the Armed Forces. “I absolutely recommend the Missouri Works program to anyone looking for a good career. Not only do they pay you a weekly stipend, but getting your OSHA, TAN, and CPR certifications knocked out sets you up for a great future!”