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
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.
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.
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.
Wages progress from a training wage to full occupational wage in steps as the Apprentice gains skills.
A Certificate of Apprenticeship Completion is a nationally recognized credential. Increasingly apprenticeships also include industry certifications and college credit toward a degree.