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, the Madison office of Vogel Bros. Building Co. has proudly supported Carpenter apprentices from Local 314 and Laborer apprentices from Local 464. Currently, we have two carpenter apprentices who recently chatted with us about their apprenticeship experience so far and working for Vogel Bros.

Where did you grow up?
Lakeland, Florida

What made you want to become a carpenter?
I like the construction industry and I appreciated an opportunity to work for the family company.

When did you start your apprenticeship?
September 2016

What’s something new you’ve learned so far?
I will say the required safety protocols surprised me. It’s impressive the lengths Vogel Bros. goes through to ensure safety on the jobs sites.

Any advice to someone considering apprenticeship?
I’d advocate it. Not everyone is supposed to go to college; and there’s nothing wrong with working in the trades. The best part, you earn money while you’re learning. So instead of gaining debt from student loans, I’m earning a paycheck.

What do you like best about working for Vogel Bros.?
Being a part of the history of this company and a 5th generation employee is exciting.

Where did you grow up?
Argentina, South America

What made you want to become a carpenter?
I always wanted to be a carpenter. I like building and making something out of nothing. You feel a sense of accomplishment when the building is all done.

When did you start your apprenticeship?
June 2016

What’s something new you’ve learned?
I had experience in residential construction, so I was surprised by how fast things move in the commercial construction industry. You see progress much faster.

What’s something you’d want to improve on?
I would like to learn more about finish carpentry. I look forward to learning this skill and gaining experience at it.

What do you like best about working for Vogel Bros.?
I’m doing different things all the time. I get to work with different carpenters, so I learn different skills and techniques from each of them. They are very knowledgeable people to learn from. It’s nice to know that I’m getting a good education/training. I feel like I can learn a lot from them.


If you or someone you know might be interested in knowing more about apprenticeships and the opportunities that exist in construction, feel free to check out the Carpenter’s Union or Laborer’s Union websites for more details.