What Is An Apprenticeship?

  • What is an Apprentice?

An apprentice is an employee who learns a craft through planned, supervised on-the-job training combined with classroom instruction. Apprentices are taught safety, the trade, proper use, care and the safe handling of tools and equipment.

  • What does it take to qualify as an Apprentice?

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Almost all programs require a high school diploma or GED Certificate; some may require basic mathematics and science courses, an aptitude test, drivers license and must be physically capable to perform the work of the trade.

  • How does a person become an Apprentice?

Apprenticeship in the trades is highly selective and acceptance for training depends on the applicant’s qualifications and the manpower needs of the trade. Once indentured, the apprentice is under the direction and supervision of a Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee. This Committee consists of persons with considerable experience representing both management and labor. You may check with any of the sponsors listed in this document. Being listed as a sponsor, however, does not mean the sponsor is looking for apprentices it only means that they have a program available.

  • How is apprenticeship training structured?

Apprentices work on actual job sites under the supervision of qualified journey workers. Related instruction or classroom training may include courses in mathematics, sciences, and other craft-related technical subjects. Most apprenticeship programs last from 2 to 6 years with 4 years being the average.