I am wonder what the general procedure after one has the proper knowledge on the subject area to gain experience in the trades ... Like elevator maintainers , plumbers , electricians , Transportation Managers and Storage and Distribution Managers , nuclear operators , Detectives and Criminal Investigators , Power Distributors and Dispatchers , Administrative Services Managers ... to name a few Provide that one has the knowledge and wants to do the work how does one typically gain the experiences/get into the field. I would imagine it would be some type of apprenticeship ? And if it is how does one typically get to be an apprentice in this day in age when there is so many people to choose from? Basically what I am looking at is what puts you at the top of being selected as an apprentice if you are a newbie in the field with not much experience if any? ( this question is like once you can do the work or have the knowledge to be good who is going to let you enter the field) I know a little bit about how the plumbers / electrician trade jobs select apprentices but I was curious more so for the other jobs like elevator maintaince , and the other jobs that normally don't have a particular standardized course system. And for the people in those trades that are reading this how did you get into it after being schooled or maybe you just learned on the job but either way I would like to know how you did it. Also what you think about if you had to choose or train an apprentices who would you choose and where would you go to choose them.