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WHAT IS AN APPRENTICESHIP?

An apprenticeship program does more than simply prepare you for employment. It can teach you the skills you need to have a successful, long-term career.


Apprenticeship programs benefit apprentices by allowing them to "earn while they learn." They are compensated for their time spent learning skills for their desired career.


The net benefits for apprentices are substantial, ranging from a nearly $100,000 increase in lifetime earnings to a more than $235,000 increase in lifetime earnings.


Apprenticeship programs benefit employers by preparing their future workforce to meet the demands of their businesses and industries.

  • Apprenticeships prepare people for jobs in a wide range of industries, from trades and construction to emerging fields like clean energy, cybersecurity, and human resources. Sponsors of apprenticeships range from small businesses to large corporations.

  • Apprenticeship programs begin with classroom training for participants. This training may take place in a hybrid (in-person and remote) or entirely remote setting.

  • Apprenticeship programs connect apprentices with employers who provide on-the-job training.

  • Apprentices are guided by a mentor throughout the process. Mentors assist apprentices in learning about the company, the company's workplace culture, the community, and the industry. They also guide apprentices through any challenges or questions that may arise during the apprenticeship program.

How can you secure financial aid for your training?

You might be able to get financial help if you participate in an apprenticeship program. Tuition, fees, books, supplies, and other course materials may be covered by this assistance. Employers and apprenticeship sponsors frequently collaborate with local education institutions, such as colleges and universities, to align apprenticeship programs with the following financial assistance sources:


  • Workforce and Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) Program - WIOA provides funding to support workforce development programs for eligible Adults, Dislocated Workers, and Youth, and is supportive of apprenticeship because local Workforce Development Boards can use funds to help support the two primary components of apprenticeship programs: On-the-Job Learning (OJL), also known as On-the-Job Training (OJT), and Related Training and Instruction (RTI) (RTI). WIOA funding can also be used to provide the necessary support services for individuals to successfully participate in apprenticeship programs, such as tools, books, and uniforms.

  • Federal Pell Grants: If the apprenticeship's related technical instruction is part of an eligible academic program, a Federal Pell Grant may cover tuition and fees, books, and supplies.

  • GI Bill Benefits: If you are a disabled veteran or have a service-connected disability, the GI Bill includes a benefit for on-the-job training and apprenticeships. This education benefit includes help with books and supplies, as well as housing.

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