In apprenticeship, you earn a paycheck from day one with guaranteed raises as your skill level increases. You will learn your trade through hands-on learning, coupled with classroom instruction. Apprenticeship helps you to realize your career goals by providing a great salary and long-term career opportunities.
- Apprenticeship is post-secondary education like college or university but the big difference is while you are learning a high skilled trade, you are also earning a good wage.
- Depending on the trade, an apprenticeship can take one to five years to complete.
- Apprentices earn a national recognized completion certificate upon successful completion of the training.
Who Can Be an Apprentice?
Most apprenticeship programs require that you be 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED. There may be additional requirements for specific program sponsors.
Steps to Becoming an Apprentice
- Determine the trade/occupation you are interested in
- Contact the program sponsor to inquire about minimum requirements for the program
- Complete the program sponsor application process
- Go through the interview and selection process
- If selected, sign an apprenticeship agreement and registration form acknowledging the terms and conditions of the program