What is apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is a training program where you earn wages
while you learn a skilled profession in a specific field,
such as construction, health care, or culinary arts.
Apprenticeship combines classroom studies with on-the-job
training supervised by a trade professional. Much like a
college education, it takes several years to become fully
trained in the occupation you choose. Unlike college,
as an apprentice you’ll earn while you learn. At first,
you’ll make less money than skilled workers, but as you
progress, you’ll get regular raises. Once you have mastered
the craft, you will receive the same wages as a
Apprentices, who must be at least 16 years old, complete
one to six years of paid, supervised, work-based
training and technical instruction that allows them to
learn and perform at the highest skill levels in their
Why choose apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship means real skills and real careers...
Today’s carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and advanced
manufacturing workers were yesterday’s apprentices. In
addition, tomorrow’s computer programmers, educational
assistants, and healthcare providers may be
apprenticeship graduates as well. You can find
apprenticeship opportunities in most construction trades
and in many other occupations. Did you know there are
over 1000 apprentice occupations and new occupations are
being added all the time! Whatever your field of
interest, you will be taught by experienced
Skilled work pays more than unskilled work. That is why
apprenticeships lead to higher wages. Apprenticeship
graduates usually advance more rapidly than other
workers, so higher-paying jobs come more quickly. Some
apprentices move into supervisory positions within just
a few years.
When you complete your apprenticeship, you’ll receive a
certificate of completion valid anywhere in the U.S. It demonstrates you have the knowledge and skills
needed for successful performance as a professional in
that occupation. Many obtain credit from
participating community colleges toward an Associate
Apprenticeship programs must provide equal opportunity
to all who are interested. They are eager for qualified
women and minority applicants.