Apprenticeships: Get Training and Get Paid at the Same Time!

December 16, 2021

An apprenticeship is training that combines on-the-job experience with classroom instruction. Individuals in apprenticeship programs get direct, relevant experience in their chosen career and advance in the profession as they learn. Apprentices graduate fully trained in their field – and not as an entry-level worker.

Benefits: It is a terrific way to earn a living wage and pursue higher education at the same time! With a registered apprenticeship, you receive:

A paycheck: From day one, you will earn a paycheck guaranteed to increase over time as you learn new skills.

Hands-on career training: You will receive practical on-the-job training in a wide selection of programs.

An education: You’ll receive hands-on training and have the potential to earn college credit, even an associate or bachelor’s degree, in many cases paid for by your employer.

A career: Once you complete your apprenticeship, you will be on your way to a successful long-term career with a competitive salary and little or no educational debt.

National industry certification: When you graduate from a career training program, you’ll be certified and can take your certification anywhere in the U.S.

When you apply for an apprenticeship program, it is important to be prepared! Pre-apprenticeship programs exist to make you a better candidate when you go to apply for an apprenticeship. They can help guide you through the résumé and interview process and give you a heads-up on what to expect as an apprentice and tradesperson. They will also expose you to many different career options. Some pre-apprenticeship programs are free, while others are available at community colleges for a small fee, and they are stretched out over several weeks or months. For more information, visit www.oregon.gov/boli/Pages/index.aspx.

You can also contact your local community college and ask them about their apprenticeship and trade-related programs. If you need to brush up on your algebra, science, or writing skills – or take a placement test – community colleges are a great resource. They also often have information on the different trades and can provide contacts within the apprenticeship programs.

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