is a European tradition that has travelled to the United States. An apprentice is
that usually combines on-the-job training as well as occasionally requiring
related classroom instruction to teach each apprentice the skills necessary to
work in a particular profession.
apprenticeship training, there is often a written contract between the
apprentice and the sponsor that specifies the length of the training, an outline
of the skills of the trade to be learned and the wages the apprentice will
receive. Apprentices salary typically begins at 50% of the typical salary of an
experienced person and increases as they learn and gain new skills. An apprentice
must be at least 16 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. Apprentices
under 18 years old need the written approval of their parent or guardian.
are apprenticeable occupations?
are more than 800 occupations nationwide that are considered apprenticeable. These occupations can be learned by a combination of on-the-job
training and part-time classroom instruction.
are apprenticeship sponsors?
sponsors are people or companies pay apprentices a salary and provide
instruction on the job for a specific craft, trade, or skill. Each sponsor designs their own program
that gives each apprentice specific skills, training and job-related theory.
The sponsor also pays for any classroom
instruction related to the occupation.
do I enter an apprenticeship?
You can usually
apply directly to the apprenticeship sponsor. You will usually need to undergo
an interview and at times take certain tests to prove you have aptitude in a
do you need classroom instruction?
employers may require you to receive classroom instruction related to your
apprenticeship. These classes will give you instruction in subjects that arenít
easily covered in an on-the-job setting. For instance if you are in a position
that requires a lot of math, it would be a waste of your sponsor's time to teach
you these math skills. Taking a class at whatever math level you need will fill
this gap in your education and allow you to continue your apprenticeship with
that added knowledge. You can usually take any required classes at a community
college near your home. However, some sponsors provide on-site, company-related
training at their own expense or have a tuition reimbursement plan available for
are the benefits of an apprenticeship?
- Apprentices gain valuable skills and knowledge, which makes
them more marketable in the future. Their experience is more valuable than
many a college degree.
- Apprentices have the
opportunity to learn a trade, earn a good wage and have a sense of job security
because they have usable skills.
- Apprentices are often able to continue with the same employer
and be promoted to work that requires a higher level of skill or management
- In college, a great deal of time and money is required to
prepare for your career. However, in an apprenticeship, you actually earn money
while you learn your chosen profession.
- An apprenticeship often serves as entry to a long-lasting