The Ins and Outs of Apprenticeship Programs
Apprenticeship programs are created to assist young people in gaining the
knowledge, qualifications and competence needed to progress into the workplace
within their chosen industry or career path.
Programs vary depending upon the employer offering the apprenticeship program,
but in most cases the individuals receive both classroom and on the job (hands-
on) training, as well as receive information and advice from a mentor. Mentors
are people already working in the industry, and they are able to assist the
apprentice with questions or concerns while they're going through the program.
How to Find and Apply for Apprenticeship Programs
Finding an apprenticeship program is easier than you might think. Most states
offer information for interested individuals regarding the location and applying
for an apprenticeship program. Many of the state websites for apprenticeship
information include searchable formats by both the county and geographical
location as well as a search by specific industry of interest.
If you're unable to find programs within your state listings, the Federal
Government offers information and contact details for various apprenticeship
programs through the
United States Department of Labor website.
Not every industry offers apprenticeship programs. In some cases, it's just not
practical. Industries that tend to offer apprenticeship programs include
information technology, homeland security, automotive, construction, health
care, and financial services. Other industries may also participate, but these
areas are the most common for apprenticeship programs.
There are different qualifications involved for applying to apprenticeship
programs, and it depends mostly upon the employer providing the program, as well
as the type of industry. Most manufacturing programs require that people are
over the age of 18, while computer and retail industries may allow people to
start as young as 16.
Certain education requirements are often required for each program - whether it
is that you've completed a high school education or you've had college level
coursework within the industry of your selected apprenticeship program. This
information will be provided to you with the application for any apprenticeship
program you wish to apply for.
The Registered Apprenticeship Program
If you think apprenticeship programs run like the reality television show with
Donald Trump, "The Apprentice", you're probably in for a bit of a surprise! For
many years, the Registered Apprenticeship model has helped a variety of
businesses and industries with their training needs. The model gives apprentice
participants the opportunity to learn on the job as well as experience classroom
training through a comprehensive process.