An apprenticeship is a program that combines on-the-job and classroom training. When you've finished your apprenticeship, you'll be what's called a "journeyworker." Journeyworkers are skilled, certified workers in their field (such as carpenters and plumbers).
You Might Like It If. . .
- You like working with your hands
- You want to be an expert at a trade
- You don't mind studying to become an expert
How Does it Work?
- You work directly with a journeyworker to learn the hands-on skills you need.
- You take classes to learn the technical skills that you need
- While you're working as an apprentice, you'll earn a percentage of the pay that journeyworkers get
- When you graduate from the program, you'll be able to work as a qualified journeyworker anywhere in the country
Why Do It?
- After you finish, you can find a job anywhere
- You might be able to get college credit
- You can make more money as an "expert"
Finding a Program
Visit the Career One Stop page for more information on apprenticeship program locations in your area.
Paying for It
- Loans and grants: Some programs offer student loans or grants to help you pay the tuition. Ask the schools about financial aid programs