By Vogel Bros. Safety Department

Apprenticeships play a fundamental role in supplying the construction industry with skilled workers. Apprentices build their skills through hands-on learning while earning good wages and getting free training through the union – all without incurring student loan debt. Over the years, Vogel Bros. Building Co. has proudly supported Carpenter and Laborer apprentices. As part of National Apprenticeship Week (November 13 – 19), we talked with a couple of our apprentices regarding their experience so far, in their trade and working for Vogel Bros.

Justin Grauvogl

  1. Where did you grow up? Sauk City, Wisconsin
  2. What made you want to become a carpenter apprentice? It’s a good way to get into a career that can take you to a wide variety of places and job positions.
  3. When did you start your apprenticeship? July 2017
  4. What’s something new you’ve learned so far? Anything that has to do with concrete was new to me.
  5. What’s your favorite part of the job, or a favorite tool you like to use? My favorite part of the job is probably the crew. All the guys are fun to work with, and they make the day go by faster.
  6. If you could pick 1 safety tip or piece of advice to share with someone new to construction and new to Vogel Bros., what would you tell them? Always stay aware of your surroundings, whether it be people or machinery.
  7. What do you like best about working for Vogel Bros.? The way people are treated.

Leo Alhambra

  1. Where did you grow up? My father was in the US Navy, so we moved around a lot. But I’d say I’m from the gulf coast of Florida, and I graduated from high school in Hawaii.
  2. What made you want to become a carpenter apprentice? I retired from the service in 2014, after 32 years. I felt the need to still keep myself busy, so I participated in an assessment through the VA to determine what I like to do. The assessment showed I had an interest in building things and working with my hands. So the VA introduced me to Local 314, where I was approved for the apprenticeship program.
  3. When did you start your apprenticeship? August 2017
  4. What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone considering starting an apprenticeship? I would recommend they strongly take advantage of this opportunity for training that will last a lifetime. It’s practical, useful knowledge and skills you can use at work and in your everyday life.
  5. What’s your favorite part of the job? My favorite part of the job is knowing I have a task, and I’m able to see it to completion. My mentors have been very patient and they’re extremely knowledgeable.
  6. If you could pick 1 safety tip or piece of advice to share with someone new to construction and new to Vogel Bros., what would you tell them? Maintain situational awareness. Keep your eyes open. Look and listen at all times.
  7. What do you like best about working for Vogel Bros.? I like the professionalism. Everyone I’ve met, from day one, has been nothing but professional, and they care about what they’re doing and the end product.

If you or someone you know might be interested in knowing more about apprenticeships and the opportunities that exist in construction, contact the Florida or Wisconsin main office.