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National Apprenticeship Week 2023: Tyler Ripp

Meet Tyler Ripp a youth apprentice for Westphal & Company who is currently working at the Heritage Elementary School jobsite in Waunakee, WI. We took some time to discuss what his plans are for the future and where he wants to go after his youth apprenticeship is done.

What or how did you get interested in a career in construction?
I was in a construction class in high school, and they brought in a guest speaker that discussed the different aspects of construction including working on jobsites instead of sitting in a classroom. That’s what got me interested in a career in construction.
What’s the best part of your job?
The people I get to work with are awesome. Especially working with the other people who work for Westphal & Company and it’s also cool working with the other trades that are on the jobsite.
Biggest takeaway from your apprenticeship?
Always be willing to ask questions about anything. It’s always better to ask for help than trying to solve the problem yourself and making a bigger mistake.
How long have you been with WCO?
Less than year
What advice do you have for someone looking for a career in the trades?
Try to get as much experience as you can early on so if you do want to go into a career you already have the experience and it’ll be easier to get a job.
Where are you looking to go from here?
I am probably going to go for a registered apprenticeship.
Is there anything else you want to tell me?
The work I did in prefab did help me here. Because I learned how to read drawings in prefab and also how to assemble the components that are used on the jobsite.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the apprenticeships we offer please use the link here and fill out the contact us form.

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