What is Apprenticeship?

Registered Apprenticeship is a structured training program that combines on-the-job training and related technical instruction to train employees in occupations that demand a high level of skill.

  • Occupations in construction, manufacturing, and the service industries utilize apprenticeship readily; both in the private and public sectors
  • Apprenticeship works for employers of any size and a diverse apprentice population
  • Registered Apprenticeship is an investment in the skill level of the workforce
  • A method of ensuring accountability for mastering the duties and tasks of the occupation
  • Registered Apprenticeship was established with the signing of the Virginia Apprenticeship Act of 1938

 Benefits to Employees

  • Apprentices enjoy a higher quality of life, higher lifetime earnings and lifelong skills
  • Apprentices receive high quality mentoring and education; they earn while they learn
  • Opportunity for college credit and future degrees
  • Earn a nationally recognized Certificate of Completion and Journeyworker card

 Next Steps for Becoming an Apprentice

  • Educate yourself about opportunities for a vocational career
  • Talk to school or vocational counselors
  • If currently employed, talk to your employer about becoming an apprentice
  • Demonstrate that you are capable of mastering the necessary skills for the occupation and are dedicated to enhancing your career

Call or email the center for additional information at: 757-766-1101 or cfaat@nhrec.org.

For More Information visit Virginia Department of Labor and Industry