What Is an Apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship combines structured on-the-job training with technical instruction to prepare individuals for successful careers. Apprentices earn progressive wages and nationally recognized credentials from the United States Department of Labor.
Traditionally, apprenticeships were associated with manufacturing and building trades. In recent years, the approach has evolved to address workforce gaps experienced by employers across all industries.
We’ve expanded our apprenticeship program to help employers close their workforce gaps while creating pathways to good jobs for individuals.
Apprenticeship coordinators at each of our college campuses are ready to work with you to build and execute a customized apprenticeship program. We’ll start by conducting a needs assessment—identifying your talent shortages, hiring projections, and technical skills gaps. Then we’ll mentor your apprentices and help them navigate any barriers they face in completing their training. As the educational sponsor, we’ll also manage the administrative requirements of the apprenticeship.
What's in It for You?
An apprenticeship will help you attract qualified workers and retain them. You’ll pay a fee for our services, but you’ll get a high return on that investment in the form of workers you can count on.
Frequently Asked Questions
What sets us apart is our proactive coaching and mentoring model, which helps apprentices advance along their academic and career tracks. While you provide on-the-job training and mentoring to your apprentices, we provide related technical instruction as well as academic advising and success coaching. The result? Consistently trained employees with the skills you need.
Yes. Apprentices start working when they enter an apprenticeship, with steady wage increases as they become more proficient.
Apprentices are hired by employers and start earning on their first day of work. Their
wages increase over time as they build knowledge, skills, and abilities.
In addition, apprentices connect their training to their work in real time. They take classes while they’re working, combining theoretical and hands-on learning. Apprenticeships last from one to six years, depending on the occupation and model.
Yes, apprenticeship is used widely across all industries and in all types of workplaces, including labor organizations and joint labor-management organizations.
Apprentices earn a nationally recognized credential from the U.S. Department of Labor. These credentials are portable and stackable, giving apprentices a solid foundation for further education.
Employers drive the design and execution of their apprenticeship programs. They provide jobs to apprentices, oversee training development, and provide hands-on learning and technical instruction. It’s an excellent investment with minimal risk and outstanding ROI.
Yes, your current employees can participate in an apprenticeship program. They can even earn credit for a limited amount of previous experience.