What is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is structured employment and training designed and driven by employers.  Classroom education works hand-in-hand with on-the-job learning and creates an “earn while you learn” pathway.

Core Components of Registered Apprenticeship

EMPLOYER DESIGNED AND DRIVEN
Apprenticeship starts with one or more employers with a need for a workforce with specialized skills. Apprentice ship programs are customized to each employer’s workplace expectations.
STRUCTURED ON-THE-JOB LEARNING
Apprentices work on increasingly complex work tasks under the supervision and guidance of a mentor. Apprenticeships can be from 1 to 5 years long and are structured with milestones for apprentices to demonstrate mastery.
JOB-RELATED EDUCATION
Every apprenticeship offers at least 144 hours of education per year designed to provide foundational knowledge and reinforce skills learned on the job. Instruction is provided by a college, in-house trainer, or training vendor.
WAGE PROGRESSION
Wages progress from a training wage to full occupational wage in steps as the Apprentice gains skills.
VALUED CREDENTIALS
A Certificate of Apprenticeship Completion is a nationally recognized credential. Increasingly apprenticeships also include industry certifications and college credit toward a degree.