Apprenticeship is a form of “on-the-job training” that combines paid work experience with classroom instruction. Apprentices learn new skills through their employer while also receiving classroom instruction. At the end of the apprenticeship, the apprentice usually receives an industry-recognized credential. Formal apprenticeship programs usually last a few years, depending on the employer or occupation. Some can be completed in a matter of months.
Many apprenticeships take place as a “Registered Apprenticeship.” Registered apprenticeships are formally approved by a state’s apprenticeship agency. Registration ensures the apprenticeship meets certain criteria to protect apprentices (such as a wage progression) and to maintain quality.
Through a Registered Apprenticeship program workers can obtain paid, relevant workplace experience while acquiring the skills and credentials that employer’s value. 90% of apprentices who complete an apprenticeship retain employment, with an average annual salary of $80,000.