Apprenticeships are paid positions with on-the-job training and formal education that lead to a certification and personal connections that will benefit your entire career. Average wages for an apprentice start at $15 per hour (Source: US Department of Labor).
Most apprenticeships are designed for high school graduates or job seekers with a GED, however, some opportunities exist for high school students prior to graduation. (Contact your school counselor for details).
Searching and applying for apprenticeships can be similar to looking for a job.
Many people start by looking for specific open opportunities and apply directly to employers. You can expect to submit a resume and/or application along with a cover letter and references, and be asked to complete an interview if you are being considered for the position.
However, you can also start the process by contacting an apprenticeship training provider, like one of Idaho’s community colleges or the Idaho Department of Labor to learn about programs and employers.
GI Bill benefits may help you cover the costs of materials, tools, or help you get housing for your apprenticeship. Apprenticeship programs may also offer advanced placement or provide credit for military experience.
Reasons to Pursue an Apprenticeship
Learn While You Earn – Apprenticeships are paid positions with benefits. In some cases (Registered Apprenticeships), you may see an increase in pay as you develop your skills.
Get a Certification for Your Career – Depending on the career and necessary training, a Registered Apprenticeship can take as little as a year to complete and will result in a nationally recognized certificate or credential. Some programs also lead to an Associates degree.
Gain Practical Experience – On-the-job training is a key component of an apprenticeship, which means you start your career with a significant amount of relevant experience already on your resume.
Start Working Immediately – Many traditional education and training options cost time and money. An apprenticeship will allow you to pursue the training you need for a successful career without taking on debt.
Mentoring & Support – Much of the on-the-job training takes place one-on-one or in a small group setting, allowing you to ask questions and learn from colleagues.
Source: Idaho Department of Labor