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.
National Apprenticeship Week is a nationwide celebration established by the U.S.
Department of Labor where employers, industry associations, labor organizations, community-based organizations, workforce partners, education providers, and government leaders host events
to showcase and promote high-quality, inclusive, in-demand career pathway opportunities through
Registered Apprenticeship. Additionally, NAW provides apprentices a platform to share their
apprenticeship experience and how it has transformed their lives.
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.
New Mexico Apprenticeship Office
Phone: (505) 841-8565
Laws, Regulations & Resources