What is an Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is a training program that uses a combination of on-the-job training and Related Technical Instruction (fancy way of saying classroom learning!), to teach the skills of a trade or occupation. Apprentices usually work a regular forty-hour week, then attend classes that are programmed around a typical work schedule. Apprenticeship programs will last for three-four years and conclude with the opportunity to become a skilled Journeyman in the trade.
There are 5 Key Components of an apprenticeship:
- PAID JOB - Apprenticeships are jobs! Apprentices earn a competitive wage from their employers during training.
- WORK-BASED LEARNING - Programs provide structured on-the-job learning to prepare for a successful career.
- MENTORSHIP - Apprentices receive on-the-job learning under the instruction of an experienced mentor.
- CLASSROOM LEARNING - Apprentices are provided classroom instruction on the critical aspects of their careers
- CREDENTIALS - Apprentices earn a portable, nationally-recognized credential within their industry.
of apprentices who complete an
apprenticeship program retain
employment, with an average annual
salary of $70,000
NIC Workforce Training Center has introduced two new apprenticeships programs in Construction and Heavy Equipment. In addition to these 2 new programs, NIC also offer apprenticeship programs in Electrical, Plumbing and HVAC. You can find a full list of Trades and Industry programs available through NIC HERE.
Some of these programs qualify for Advanced Opportunity funding through the state as well. This means there is money out there to help cover a portion of the tuition while you are still enrolled in High School. If you are a graduate, or soon to be graduate, and interested in a Trades and Industry program, check out Idaho Launch to see if you qualify for up $7,500 in state tuition assistance. NIC Workforce Training also offers generous scholarships to those who apply and qualify.
Apprenticeships are just one of the many post-secondary pathways you can follow after high school. If you would like to further discuss any of these options, how to pay for school, dual enrollment in a trade or apprenticeship program, or any other career pathways, hit me up!