An apprenticeship is on-the-job training combined with related classroom instruction under the supervision of a journey-level professional. Apprentices get paid while they learn and develop knowledge, skills, and abilities in a new career field.
Earn and Learn
After completing a registered apprenticeship program, apprentices receive a professional credential that is recognized nationwide.
Registered apprenticeships are available in hundreds of occupations in many different fields of work. Some apprenticeships are in traditional trades, such as plumbers and ironworkers, but many are offered in less traditional areas, including high-tech and the medical sector.
Who Can Become an Apprentice?
Anyone can become an apprentice! The general requirements are that one must:
- Be at least 16 years or older, or in the case of hazardous occupations, 17 years or older.
- Be able to perform the work, with or without reasonable accommodation.
- Have the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to learn the job.
- Provide proof of age, high school diploma or equivalency (GED), honorable military discharge, etc., to meet program requirements.
What are the Benefits?
- Start earning right away
- Learn business and job skills for leadership and management opportunities.
- Have no student loans to pay off when they graduate, and have a jump start in their career
- Earn credentials for highly skilled careers
- A sound return on investment
- Customized training that meets industry standards, tailored to the specific needs of your business
- Become more competitive
- Reduces the cost of training and recruitment
- Increases workplace safety and productivity
- Reduces employee turnover, improving loyalty and worker retention
- Maintains & continues the workforce talent pipeline
How do I become an Apprentice or Start an Apprenticeship Program?
Starting an apprenticeship is like applying for a job. You have to decide on a program you’re interested in, apply for the apprenticeship, interview with the program staff, and be accepted into the program.
There are also recognized Apprenticeship Preparation Programs with defined pathways to a registered apprenticeship.
For Students and Job Seekers:
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