Warren County Career Center Adult Education can be your educational partner in an apprenticeship, whether you are an employer or a potential apprentice. Apprenticeships and traineeships combine both structured and workplace training with paid employment. Apprentices and trainees complete a qualification, learning skills at work and under the guidance of a training organization. Apprenticeships and traineeships can be full-time, part-time, or school-based. School-based apprenticeships and traineeships allow students to work for a business as paid employees and undertake training to gain a qualification while studying toward their Journey person licensure or certificate.
Apprenticeships are offered in those jobs that require a high level of skill, generally trades. Upon completion of an apprenticeship, a person receives a certificate qualification and is considered to be qualified in their trade. This usually means they can work on their own and supervise staff. Traineeships can be undertaken as a way to acquire skills and gain entry into a job. Upon completion, a person receives a qualification.
An apprenticeship means an immediate job. Apprentices start working from day one with incremental wage increases as they become more proficient on the job. Apprenticeships range from one to six years, but the majority are four years in length. In 2011, more than 130,000 individuals nationwide became apprentices.
The “Earn and Learn” training model of Registered Apprenticeship provides a unique combination of structured learning with on-the-job training from an assigned mentor. Related instruction, technical training or other certified training is provided by apprenticeship training centers, technical schools, community colleges, and/or institutions employing distance and computer-based learning approaches. The goal is to provide workers with advanced skillsets that meet the specific needs of employers.
Upon completion of a Registered Apprenticeship program, participants receive an industry issued, nationally recognized credential that certifies occupational proficiency, is portable, and can provide a pathway to the middle class. In many cases, these programs provide apprentices with the opportunity to simultaneously obtain secondary and post-secondary degrees. In 2011, over 55,000 participants nationwide graduated from a Registered Apprenticeship program.
Employers interested in this program, and potential apprentices may contact Adult Education Director Tom Harris for more information at 513-932-8145 ext. 5297 or Tom.Harris@mywccc.org