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Make money while you learn with an apprenticeship! Sponsored by companies themselves industry associations, or labor unions, and registered with the State of Pennsylvania, apprenticeship programs can be found in a variety of fields, such as: construction, healthcare, office and administrative support, paralegal field, technology and engineering, and cosmetology.

An apprenticeship can be a great opportunity for hands-on learners. In an apprenticeship program, companies pay you to work under the direction of one of their skilled professionals. Typically, an Apprenticeship Program will primarily consist of on-the-job learning with some additional technical instruction in a classroom. As you work, you build the knowledge and skills you need for a career in that field. You also receive mentoring, advice, and training from a seasoned professional.

This is a great way for students to explore their career path and learn more about the job they are pursuing while gaining experience.

Financial commitment

Apprentices are paid workers who are learning on the job. The pay can vary from industry to industry. On average, apprentices start around $15 per hour. Over time, an apprentice might receive a raise.

Time commitment

The length of time it takes to complete an apprenticeship program varies. Depending on the particular job you are being trained to do, an apprenticeship can take anywhere from 1-6 years to complete. The majority of programs require you to complete a minimum of 2,000 work hours.

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Unlike college programs or services programs, apprenticeship programs do not provide housing.

Required Education

For most apprenticeships, you will need a high school diploma or GED. Since the apprenticeship is a job, applicants apply to programs the same way you apply for a job. This means that you may need to submit a resume and references to potential employers.

Career Opportunities

Apprentices complete their programs ready for a career– they have real world experience and are often hired in a long-term position by the employer that trained them. Apprenticeship programs exist in the construction trades, healthcare, office and administrative support, paralegal field, technology and engineering, cosmetology, and many others. Do some more research with our Career Calculator.

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