Apprenticeship Programs in the United States

Apprenticeship Programs

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For over 75 years the Registered Apprenticeship system has been providing workers with opportunties for skilled, well paying jobs. For employers the Registered Apprenticeship system provides a means to build a qualified workforce.

The purpose of an apprenticeship program is to have a consistent, documented plan for a worker to move from a low and/or no skill entry-level position to a full occupational proficiency. Registered Apprenticeship programs are nationally recognized programs, that follow the National Apprenticeship Act, and are developed to protect the welfare of the apprentice. The National Apprenticeship Act is administered by the Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship or an approved State Apprenticeship Agency.

Registered Apprenticeship programs are sponsored by individual businesses or employer associations, and often partner with labor organizations (i.e. Unions). Upon completion of an apprenticeship program, the worker earns an industry issued, nationally recognized certificate of completion.

Each program sponsor determines that minimum qualifications to apply. Programs for hazardous occupations typically have a minimum age requirement of 18. There may also be additional minimum qualification requirements, such as education, physical ability, fair aptitude tests, interviews, and previous work experience.

Benefits of Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship program is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable job training while getting paid. Outside of expenses for your own tools, there is no cost to participate in an apprenticeship program. Many apprenticeships lead to union positions, which in turn can result in better job security, higher wages, and better benefits.

  • Paid Job Training
  • On-The-Job Training
  • Job Security
  • Good Earning Potential
  • Industry Issued, National Credentials

Types of Apprenticeships

While there are numerous types of apprenticeships, some of the more common ones are:

  • Ironworker
  • Electrician
  • Plumber
  • Construction
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC)

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