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What Are Apprenticeships Anyways?

Published Wednesday, July 29, 2020
by Alexa Ganzeveld

After completing high school, many students have the option of going straight into the workforce, community college, or a four-year institution. With apprenticeships, students can learn valuable skills while getting paid for their work both inside and outside of the classroom. 

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “Apprenticeship programs keep pace with advancing technologies and innovations in training and human resource development through the complete involvement of employers in the educational process.” 

There are nine apprenticeable industries, which includes advanced manufacturing, construction, energy, financial services, healthcare, hospitality, information technology, telecom, and transportation. Within those nine industries, there is an even wider variety of occupations that students can choose from. 

Apprentices start working when they enter an apprenticeship program, with steady wage increases as they become more proficient. The average starting wage for an apprentice is $15.00 per hour. 

Every graduate of an apprenticeship program receives a nationally recognized endorsement. This portable credential signifies that apprentices are fully qualified for the job. Apprentices can also find work anywhere in the United States through their union. 

For many apprenticeships, the only requirements are a high school diploma or equivalent and a valid driver’s license. No work experience is required prior to beginning. 

In the next few weeks, we will be featuring a variety of apprenticeships. Our first story will feature Mike Carson, Training Director at Cedar Rapids Electrical Apprenticeship to give an inside look into the electrical program. Check it out, here

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