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Hannah 05-01-2007 10:21 AM

Hi
 
I'm a 19 yrs old female and i wanna join a carpentry buisness but just don't know how i can go about it... i have built flat packs before like computer desks and wardrobes. Can you help me please, i would very much appriecate it

Thankyou

Hannah

handy man88 05-01-2007 10:50 AM

Don't know...maybe watch some home improvement shows on HGTV/PBS like:

Hometime
DIY Network
This Old House
Yankee Workshop
Before and After
Fix it Up
Home Again (Bob Vila)

These should help you familiarize yourself with home improvement.

Cole 05-01-2007 11:49 AM

Hannah,
Welcome to the forum!

Where are you from?

Read, Read and Read some more.

-Cole

AtlanticWBConst. 05-01-2007 07:41 PM

Hi Hannah,

Here are some negatives (The positives are at the end of this post)

Generally, it is not that easy to:
Get hired by a company and start doing and (learning how to) do highly skilled carpentry/detailed home improvement, finished carpentry, etc... (whether you're male or female)
Even tho, you have built some furniture for yourself, you are essentially what is referred to in the industry as 'unskilled labor'. Your starting pay would reflect that.
Additionally, most small to mid size companies don't have the time in their 'profit margin' to assign a skilled carpenter to 'mentor' or teach a newbie - on job sites. It drastically affects production capacity, not to mention the loss in material due to inexperienced miss-cuts...

The closest thing I could equate your situation to is the person who wants to be a chef, but starts out in a restaurant working from the bottom up. Little by little they are shown different things, taught different things....as time and circumstances permit, in the fast paced work environment. In between those 'learning time periods', people are generally given menial tasks to do. It can be very frustrating for some.

Now, on the positive side:

You may be able to look into workshops that will teach you more of the skills you want. Which will make you more useful for a company to hire you.
You may also be able to find companies that specialize in hiring and teaching people under an 'apprenticeship' program.

Also, don't be afraid to make some phone calls to companies that are reputable and ask if they are looking for help...to get your foot in the door.
When we send out our carpenters, we usually send them in pairs. You might be a good fit starting out as a 'helper' for a company....and be able to your start your learning process with an experienced person...

There are many one person carpenter operations out there. Guys or gals, working for themselves....that need helpers, and have the time to teach you....Again, look into these.

Other posters, I'm sure will have more positive insite to offer...


Good Luck Hannah

mikim 05-02-2007 04:03 PM

AtlanticWB -- In your advice to Hannah, I noticed you didn't advocate going to a "building trades" type of school ...ie: local community college etc...... Would schooling not be a help for getting an "in the door" entry level job?

Zero Punch 05-02-2007 05:42 PM

I agree with mikim. Depending where you live there are apprentice programs sponsored by the UBC, "United Brotherhood of Carpenters" don't let the name bother you there are many women carpenters also most states have some type of trade school often with placement services. Here's a link to get you started
http://www.carpenters.org/apprenticeship/

AtlanticWBConst. 05-02-2007 07:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mikim (Post 43188)
AtlanticWB -- In your advice to Hannah, I noticed you didn't advocate going to a "building trades" type of school ...ie: local community college etc...... Would schooling not be a help for getting an "in the door" entry level job?

ABSOLUTLEY would help....In fact that is a good move to make if you're 19 and starting out in some kind of career education...

My answer was based on the idea that the poster was interested in something for immediate income support, as well as learning....

Zero Punch, thanks for posting that helpful link...


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