What is an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is a training program where you earn wages while you learn a skilled profession. Apprentice-able occupations may be found in construction, plumbing, electrical, healthcare, culinary arts and others. For a complete list of occupations with opportunities for apprenticeships,
Similar to a college education, it takes several years to become fully trained in the occupation you choose. Unlike college, however, as an apprentice, you earn while you learn. In the beginning, you will earn less money than skilled workers, but as you progress, you will receive regular raises. Once you have mastered the craft, you will receive the same wages as the professionals who participated in your training.
To become an apprentice, you must be at least 16 years old, and you will complete one to six years of paid, supervised, work based training and technical instruction to become certified in the profession of your choice.
Why choose apprenticeship?
Yesterday’s apprentices are today’s carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and advanced manufacturing workers. Tomorrow’s computer programmers, educational assistants, healthcare providers and others are joining the ranks of apprentices of today, in addition to the skilled trades. Did you know there are over 1000 apprentice occupations possible right now, and new occupations are added all the time! Whatever your field of interest, you will be taught by experienced professionals.
Skilled work pays more than unskilled labor. Apprenticeship leads to higher wages by developing the skills and mastery required in a specific profession, and advancement can occur fairly quickly. Some apprentices move into supervisory positions within just a few years.
Once the apprenticeship is completed, you will receive a Certificate of Completion that is valid anywhere in the United States. It demonstrates that you have the knowledge and skills needed for successful performance as a professional in your chosen occupation. Many apprentices also receive credit from participating community colleges toward an Associates’ Degree.
Apprenticeship programs are equal opportunity and open to all who are interested and meet the qualifications of the specific program.