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.
Frequently Asked Questions
The majority of apprenticeships, around 80%, are in the construction trades to include but not limited to:
Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers
GlaziersInternational Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
International Union of Painters & Allied TradesLaborers
LADS - Lathing, Acoustical, Drywall & Thermal InsulationOperating Engineers
Plumbers & Pipefitters
Sheet Metal Workers
Other industries include:
Aerospace Manufacturing - Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC)
IT - Apprenti
Safety – Certified Safety specialist
Medical - Washington Association of Community & Migrant Health Centers (WACMHC) - Medical Assistant - Certified (MA-C) with PCMH specialty - Dental Assistant
Other industries starting to look into apprenticeship as a training model include but are not limited to: