What are the minimum educational requirements for apprenticeship?
Most apprenticeship programs require applicants to have a high school diploma or GED certificate. Some occupations require completion of specific subjects such as algebra.
Who can apply for apprenticeship?
Anyone who meets the apprenticeship committee's qualifications may apply.
Who pays for classroom training?
It varies among different occupations, industries and employers. In some cases, apprentices pay the cost of related training. In other cases, employers pay the training costs.
What other costs must be paid by the apprentice?
Costs vary depending on the program. It's important for apprentices to have reliable transportation available in order to get to a job on time, travel from job site to job site or run errands associated with the job. Many programs require that apprentices have a basic tool kit and/or appropriate work clothes, work boots and safety equipment, such as gloves or goggles. Some programs supply or pay for these requirements and others do not. It's important to talk with the committee about the requirements, the costs to the apprentice and whether there is any financial help available.
What are some of the career opportunities open to journey workers?
Highly trained journey workers are sought by industry for well-paying jobs. Many journey workers advance to become supervisors or superintendents. Others, with additional years of advanced studies, go on to become technicians and engineers. Many opportunities for advancement exist, depending on the ability, attitude, and ambition of the individual.
How do I prepare for apprenticeship?
Today's competitive industries require employees, who are able to perform technical tasks, exercise good judgment and possess a strong work ethic. The importance of a well-rounded high school education cannot be over emphasized. A strong background in math and science is important. Good attendance is a necessity.
How do I receive my on-the-job training?
After becoming indentured as an apprentice, you'll be assigned to an employer who is registered as a training agent with the committee. Such "training agents" have promised to provide the on-the-job training and supervision according to approved industry standards. The employer evaluates progress and makes recommendations to the apprenticeship committee regarding your advancement in the program.
What is my relationship with the apprenticeship committee?
As an apprentice, you make a registration agreement (become indentured) with your apprenticeship committee. The committee's responsibility is to provide the opportunity for you to become a skilled journey worker in the occupation you've chosen. The committee must assure that you're treated and evaluated fairly during your apprenticeship. The committee decides what employer you are assigned to, when you advance in the program and what rules and policies you must follow. You have the responsibility to fully participate in the apprenticeship program by working cooperatively with the training agent you've been assigned to, to complete all of your related training classes, and to follow the committee's rules and policies. If you have any questions, please contact the apprenticeship coordinator.