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Money Management Skills for Apprentices

Check out these financial training tools for your classroom:

Construction workers have the potential to earn good wages and benefits, but many experience periods of unemployment due to lack of work, seasonal downturns, or injury. A typical first year apprentice may work just 9 months in a normal year. 

Port Jobs created Financial Tools for the Trades (FTT) in 2005 to give apprentices the tools to plan for unemployment, manage their money, build credit, deal with debt, and save for the future.  Topics include:

  • Being prepared for apprenticeship and potential unemployment
  • Managing money using spending plans
  • Understanding credit and building a good credit history
  • Dealing with debt
In partnership with Wells Fargo, Port Jobs teaches Financial Tools workshops to apprentices in the greater Seattle area.  The workshop is based on Port Jobs’ popular Financial Survival Guide for Apprentices, a hands-on money management book for apprentices.

 

With the success of FTT in Washington, apprenticeship programs across the country began asking for a Financial Tools curriculum. This led Port Jobs to create a Trainer Toolkit , released in fall 2009, which provides a FTT training curriculum for construction training programs.

 

Partnerships

Port Jobs created FTT with financial support from the National Endowment for Financial Education and Wells Fargo , and the participation of several apprenticeship programs in the Seattle‐King County area.

 

What would you like to do?

  • Visit the Financial Tools website
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  • Purchase a Toolkit

   

 
 

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  • Financial Tools for the Trades gets apprentices thinking about their spending habits and their finances.  They retain it, they remember it, and you get to retain them. You get to keep them in your programs learning about the trades.”

    ~ Tami St. Paul, Training Coordinator, Operating Engineers Regional Training Program, Ellensburg, WA

 
 

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