What is an apprenticeship?
A Registered Apprenticeship is a formalized, structured training program. It combines on-the-job training (OJT) and related technical instruction in which you receive practical and technical training. Industry determines the essential skills, because apprenticeship is industry-driven career training. Each apprenticeship requires from 2,000 to 8,000 work hours to complete. The apprenticeship is broken down into skill areas with a set number of hours for each skill area. An apprenticeship also has structured formal training. Each year of apprenticeship (2,000 hours), requires 144 hours of apprenticeship-related training. Apprentices earn a living wage throughout the education process, with periodic raises to reflect increased experience and commitment. Once the apprenticeship is completed they will possess a trade certification that is recognized internationally.
- Depends. Unfortunately for military service members, many of the trainings and credentials that are received in the military do not always transfer to state or federal credentialing. There are some programs and websites you can research to find out more.
- One option is the credentialing opportunities on-line system. It helps service members find information on certifications and licenses related to their military specialties. COOL explains how service members can meet civilian certification and license requirements and provides links to numerous resources to help get them started.
- The Navy also has a program called USMAP, https://usmap.netc.navy.mil/usmapss/static/index.htm or https://usmap.cnet.navy.mil/usmapss/static/usmap.jsp. The United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) is a formal military training program executed by the Center for Personal and Professional Development that provides active duty Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy service members the opportunity to improve their job skills and to complete their civilian apprenticeship requirements while they are on active duty. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) provides the nationally recognized “Certificate of Completion” upon program completion. USMAP allows active duty members to complete a DOL apprenticeship program while serving their country.
- If you have several years’ experience in a particular, field most apprenticeship coordinators and training directors will work with you to give you credit towards their program. This will vary depending on the program and local as there is no federal dictation on this topic. Make sure you let the program you are interested in know about your experience and background.
- Pre-Apprenticeship – Pre-Apprenticeships are typically 12-16 week programs which give you the basics of a variety of different apprenticeship programs. A pre-apprenticeship is a preparatory program that grooms individuals who want to begin an apprenticeship for certain industry’s and trade’s. Once you complete a pre-apprenticeship you then move into an apprenticeship program. These programs are good for people who are interested in pursuing a trade but may not know which one is the best fit. A few pre-apprenticeship programs here in WA include CSP, ANEW, PACT, PACE, and STP.
- Helmet2Hardhats – Helmets to Hardhats is a national program that connects National Guard, Reserve, retired and transitioning active-duty military service members with training in the construction industry. By signing up for this program you will more than likely get direct entry into a trades apprenticeship and not have to worry about competing with other applicants for a slot. Most career opportunities offered by the program are connected to federally-approved apprenticeship training programs. Training is provided by the trade organizations at no cost to the veteran. No prior experience is needed. All participating trade organizations conduct three to five year earn-while-you-learn apprenticeship training programs that teach service members everything they need to know to become a construction industry professional with a specialization in a particular craft.
- Apply directly – You can also contact a program directly and fill out an application. Some programs only take applicants on certain days or during certain seasons. Not all apprenticeships are construction apprenticeships. There are other fields which utilize this training model that hire all year around such as IT and maritime.
- Certificates – If you would like to get more experience prior to joining an apprenticeship or have more understanding of certain trades, many technical colleges provide opportunities to obtain certificates in different areas. Certificates and experience will give you more points on the application processes and make you more competitive for apprenticeships that do not already give you direct entry or veterans preference.
WorkSource is a statewide partnership of state, local and nonprofit agencies that provides an array of employment and training services to job seekers and employers in Washington.
- WorkSource has designated positions who work solely with veterans and their families to obtain employment called Local Veteran Employee Representatives, LVER. They’re veterans too and have immediate access to highly qualified veterans seeking employment. Their goal is to create partnerships between public and private organizations that help veterans successfully transition into civilian employment in Washington.
- Disabled Veterans Outreach Program, DVOP, specialists are veterans themselves and are uniquely equipped to provide intensive services to veterans with special employment and training needs. Staff target services to “Special Disabled” veterans (veterans with a 30 percent rated disability by the Veterans Administration), disabled veterans, economically or educationally disadvantaged veterans, and veterans with other barriers to employment, especially homeless veterans. As an integral program partner with the state’s workforce development system, DVOPs provide a full range of employment and training services to veterans with barriers to employment.To find out more and find your local DVOP/LVER go to https://www.worksourcewa.com/.
- A King County resident
- Drug free
- Able to obtain a Washington state driver’s license
To Apply Attend an informational session, schedule an intake meeting, and complete an application and submit required documents. Contact them at Vernel Nicholas at 206-381-1384 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Location is 550 SW 7th St., B305, Renton, WA 98057 www.anewaop.org
Through the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) there are new grants, programs and services available to pre-apprentices and apprentices to ensure they have a successful and sustainable construction career. Alternative Solutions includes a comprehensive, user-friendly database with over 3,300 statewide community-based organizations providing barrier removal services.
DSHS created this database to ensure that people of color, women, people living in economically distressed communities and people transitioning away from the justice system or military service have the support they need to succeed. Contact them at 360-664-5028 or AlternativeSolutions@dshs.wa.gov or check out their website at www.dshs.wa.gov/esa/division-child-support/alternative-solutions.
- Labor and Industry: http://www.lni.wa.gov/TradesLicensing/Apprenticeship/
- City of Seattle Resource Guide: http://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/FAS/PurchasingAndContracting/Labor/ApprenticeshipGuidebook.pdf
- Women in Apprenticeships:
Western Resources Center – http://womeninapprenticeship.org/
Apprenticeship & Non-Traditional Employment for Women (ANEW) – http://anewaop.org/
Washington Women in the Trades – http://www.wawomenintrades.com/
- Construction –
Center of Excellence – https://www.constructioncenterofexcellence.com/apprenticeship/
Washington Building Trades – http://www.wabuildingtrades.org/
CITC – http://www.citcwa.com/
- Aerospace Manufacturing, AJAC – http://www.ajactraining.org/
- IT Apprenticeship, Apprenti – https://apprenticareers.org/
- GI Bill:
Apprenticeships by Trade