Not everyone who successfully pursues postsecondary training and education graduates with an associate or bachelor degree. Apprenticeships involve training that is done on-the-job with some technical education done in the classroom. In exchange for the training and education that the employer gives the apprentice, the apprentice agrees to continue working for this employer, after the training completion, for an agreed upon period of time. This article will discuss apprenticeship opportunities.
CareerOneStop centers are good places for individuals to explore whether apprenticeships are right for them and, if so, how to find apprenticeship openings. On that website, for example, there is a link to the U.S. Department of Labor Website that lists registered apprenticeship programs by state and county.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Website lists over 230 occupations that usually are learned through apprenticeships. This listing includes information about these occupations that consists of the:
- Work environment.
- Training and education required.
- Job outlook.
- Similar occupations.
- Additional information.
The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation Website gives an in depth explanation of the requirements of apprenticeship programs in Maryland.
Apprenticeships have many advantages, including:
- Hands on training in skilled trades.
- Technical classroom study.
- Earning while learning.
- A guaranteed job after completion of training.
- Pay according to a progressive wage scale.
- Job skills transferable across companies and states.
Although some states have apprenticeships for high school juniors and seniors, a high school diploma is required for most apprenticeship programs. Additional requirements usually are:
- The physical ability to perform the work.
- Acceptable performance on aptitude tests.
- Secondary or post secondary grades at an acceptable level.
- Relevant previous work experience.
Certification in these programs usually requires one to six years of training and education.
Many apprenticeships lead to well paying jobs. Too many people believe that only a four year college degree leads to well paying jobs.
Apprenticeships are not only tuition free, but also they even pay apprentices to learn their trade. Starting a career without the burden of student loans is a big advantage of apprenticeships.
If you know someone who has an apprenticeship, talking to that person might be good way for you to see if this career opportunity is right for you.