Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is an opportunity to receive hands-on career training, an education, and a paycheck! Apprentices earn while they learn, reducing their need to take on debt. In fact, nearly 9 out of 10 apprentices are employed after completing their apprenticeship with an average starting salary of $60K per year.

“The best part of being an apprentice would be the work, because you learn so many things that you would not otherwise learn from being in the classroom. " - Alexandria

Get Started

If you are interested in pursuing an apprenticeship, get started by contacting your local workforce center.

FAQs

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is an arrangement that includes a paid-work component and an educational or instructional component, wherein an individual obtains workplace-relevant knowledge and skills.

What is a registered apprenticeship?

Registered apprenticeships are high-quality work-based learning and postsecondary earn-and-learn models that meet national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor (or federally recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies).

How is registered apprenticeship different from other types of work-based training models?

Registered apprenticeship training is distinguished from other types of workplace training by several factors: (1) participants who are newly hired (or already employed) earn wages from employers during training; (2) programs must meet national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor (or federally-recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies); (3) programs provide on-the-job learning and job-related technical instruction; (4) on-the-job learning is conducted in the work setting under the direction of one or more of the employer’s personnel; and (5) training results in an industry-recognized credential

How long are registered apprenticeship programs?

The length of an apprenticeship program can vary depending on the employer, complexity of the occupation, and the type of program. Registered apprenticeship programs typically range from one year to six years. During the program, the apprentice receives both structured, on-the-job training and job-related education. For each year of the apprenticeship, the apprentice will normally receive 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and a recommended minimum of 144 hours of related classroom instruction.

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