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What is an Apprenticeship?

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Wait, what is apprenticeship?

Simply put, the definition of an apprenticeship is a paid period of training that allows you to learn a skill or particular set of skills. Apprenticeships are available over a wide choice of industries and sectors. Apprenticeships can be called “the other 4-year degree”, as they offer an alternative to a traditional four-year college experience. Those that choose apprenticeship combine a paid work experience with classroom instruction. The end result is nationally recognized credential!

Apprentices work for a sponsor, employer or business-union partnership. They pay the apprentices and wages and provide the on the job learning experience!

Apprenticeship programs are usually a minimum of 4 years, with 2,000 hours of on the job training and 144 hours of classroom instruction each year.

What are the advantages of apprenticeship?

Earn as you learn! From day one of your apprenticeship you will earn a competitive wage. As you work towards learning a trade or skill with the relevant on the job training, you are compensated. This can allow apprentices to enter into the workforce with less student debt that burdens graduates of a traditional college institution.  Often times the industries represented in the skilled trades sector have a shortage of trained workers. This leads to rising wages for these industries and the skilled workers that choose this career path!

Some more quick facts about apprenticeship:

The US Deptarment of Labor reports that people with career and technical education are more likely to be employed that graduates with academic credentials.

The US Department of Education reports that there will be 68 percent more jobs opening in infrastructure related fields than there are people to fill them.

OK, I’m interested! What kinds of apprenticeships are available to me?

Typical occupations that require an apprenticeship can include:

Boilermakers, Carpenters, Electricians, Glaziers, Ironworkers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, Steamfitters and Sheet metal workers.

According to the Department of Labor, employers have hired over 710,000 apprentices since January 1, 2017.

Want to start your search for the right apprenticeship for you?

Here are some helpful places to get started!