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What is apprenticeship?

Medical WorkerApprenticeship 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 professional.

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 professions.

Why choose apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship means real skills and real careers...Plumber

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 professionals.

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 Degree.

Apprenticeship programs must provide equal opportunity to all who are interested. They are eager for qualified women and minority applicants.

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