APPRENTICESHIP

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Apprenticeship is a system of skilled occupational training that combines practical work experiences with related academic and technical instruction. An apprentice works on the job for an employer and is taught and supervised by an experienced person in the chosen occupation. The preplanned, progressively challenging work-based learning experience usually extends two to four years.

The apprentice is periodically evaluated and granted wage increases for satisfactory progress. Upon completion of the work and the related instruction, the apprentice is considered "skilled and knowledgeable" and will receive certification as a "journeyman" in the field.

Apprenticeship standards--established by the NC Department of Commerce - Apprenticeship and Training Bureau--are the minimum standards acceptable for any program. Local program standards may vary depending on local needs and should be developed in conjunction with all participating stakeholders.


IMPLEMENTATION

Internships and cooperative education programs should consider utilizing the apprenticeship program so the student can gain not only a great work-based learning experience, but also a certification from the state.

Students interested in apprenticeships should contact the work-based learning coordinator at his/her school. This position might be called the Career Development Coordinator (CDC).

The school should contact the local NC Department of Commerce apprenticeship representative. This person will ensure that all paperwork is complete and all procedures are followed.


PRE-APPRENTICESHIP

The Apprenticeship and Training Bureau refers to all high school apprenticeships as Pre-apprenticeships. The term Apprenticeship used on these web pages encompasses both Apprentices and Pre-apprentices.

Any work completed by a high school student in a Pre-apprenticeship could transfer to a Registered Apprenticeship upon graduation from high school. A Pre-apprenticeship does not require the multi-year commitment that a Registered Apprenticeship requires.


APPRENTICESHIP COURSE NUMBER

All CTE-related high school apprenticeships/pre-apprenticeships use the appropriate internship or cooperative education course number.


INFORMATION FROM THE NC DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE


INFORMATION FROM THE US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

21st Century Registered Apprenticeship: A Shared Vision for Increasing Opportunity, Innovation, and Competitiveness for American Workers and Employers Links to the full report and a two-page executive summary


APPRENTICEABLE OCCUPATIONS

The official list of over 900 occupations that can be apprenticed.