• What is an apprenticeship?

    • Apprenticeship training is a formal system of employee training that combines on-the-job training with related technical instruction.
    • It is designed to produce craftworkers who are fully competent in all aspects of an occupation including knowledge, skill and proficiency on the job.
    • With apprenticeship training, there is a written contract between the apprentice and the employer or apprenticeship program sponsor, which is approved by and registered with the State of Minnesota. This agreement specifies the total length of training, number of school hours (related technical instruction) and an outline of the skills of the trade to be learned and the wages the apprentice will receive.

    What are the major benefits of apprenticeship?

    • Apprentices gain valuable skills and knowledge, making them more marketable in the future.
    • Apprenticeship can serve as an entry point into a long lasting career.
    • Apprentices have the opportunity to learn a trade, earn a good wage, and have job security.

    Is a high school diploma necessary for entry into an apprenticeship?

    • A high school diploma or GED is required for apprentice applicants.
    • Mathematics, science and industrial technical courses are especially helpful in being considered for an apprenticeship.

    As a student, how do I prepare to qualify for an apprenticeship?

    • As a student, your teachers or counselors will be able to help you select classes to prepare for apprenticeship. With their guidance you can plan course work to obtain the basic skills in mathematics, reading comprehension and basic science. These skills are necessary to be successful in an apprenticing profession.
    • In most instances, a great deal of time and money is required to prepare for your career. In a registered apprenticeship you can actually earn while you learn your chosen occupation.


    Build your career through a registered apprenticeship program. Earn while you learn!
    Careers are available in a variety of professions.


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