Earn While You Learn

Apprenticeship programs combine paid on-the-job training with related classroom instruction. The goal is to prepare individuals for skilled occupations while equipping them with the practical experience that employers seek in applicants. As a result, employers often ensure that program completers retain employment at an increased wage.

How does it work?

Businesses work with a training provider to identify the skills necessary to work in a specific occupation. Over the course of an apprenticeship/pre-apprenticeship program, participants master these skills through a combination of instruction and on-the-job application. Program length will vary depending on whether the apprenticeship is registered, and the complexity of the occupation. The good news is participants earn wages while being trained.

The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) State Apprenticeship Office works with Local Workforce Development Boards to assist participants with the cost of training. This can include cost of tuition, training fees, and related expenses such as supplies and equipment. Apprenticeship Office staff can also work with employers to determine if they are eligible to have a portion of participant wages reimbursed.  

Program completers receive either a certificate of completion, college degree, or industry-recognized credential. Oftentimes, the employer will retain the employee at an increased wage. 


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New Mexico Apprenticeship Office
Phone: (505) 841-8565
Email: apprenticeship.info@dws.nm.gov

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Why become an apprentice?

Earn. Learn. Succeed. In apprenticeship, you earn a paycheck from day one, and in many instances with guaranteed raises as your skill level increases. You will learn your trade through hands-on learning, coupled with classroom instruction.

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Did you know you can use your GI Bill for an apprenticeship?

Veterans, advance your employment prospects by learning a trade or skill through participation in VA on-the-job training or apprenticeships.

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How about a pre-apprenticeship?

The Pre-Apprenticeship Program provides career pathways for participants 16-24 years old by receiving on-the-job training in marketable occupations.

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Are you a business interested in starting an apprenticeship or career pathway program?

Apprenticeship and Pathway Programs puts your company's need for a skilled workforce in your hands. Train the kind of employees you want working for you with on-the-job training and classroom instruction. This combination puts employees' skills and knowledge into practice immediately.

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Have you registered your apprenticeship in the Public Works and Apprenticeship Application (PWAA)?

The PWAA is an interactive tool providing many self-service activities, including registering apprentices, issuing apprentice certifications, entering wage decision requests, completing public works paperwork, making apprenticeship contributions, and contractor registration/ renewals.

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Registered Apprenticeship Program Support

Registered Apprenticeship employers may be able to leverage Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding to support apprentice related technical instruction, and supportive services funding to assist apprentices with expenses such as transportation, childcare, and supplies by opting in to the Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL).

Only program sponsors/providers registered on the ETPL can utilize WIOA funding to support training and supportive services.

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