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Become an Apprentice

Why become an apprentice? Apprenticeship is the oldest formal system of learning.

>Career success comes from apprenticeships.

Today's carpenters, electricians and plumbers were yesterday's apprentices. And tomorrow's asbestos workers, communication technicians and dental assistants may be apprenticeship "graduates" as well. You can find apprenticeship opportunities in many growing, exciting occupations.

In Rhode Island, there are currently more than 1,400 active apprentices.

>Apprentices earn higher wages.

Workers who finish apprenticeships generally earn more during their working years than those who don't learn their skills in a formal training program.

Apprenticeship training is documented.

Once your apprenticeship is completed, you'll become a qualified journey-level worker. You'll receive a state-issued certificate valid anywhere in the United States that identifies you as a qualified professional in your field.

>Apprentices who complete the State Apprenticeship Program can earn college credits towards an Associates Degree.

 

 
   

>Apprenticeship has proven methods.

You will be taught by the finest, most experienced trades people in your field. You will received a minimum of 144 hours of related classes each year. And you will receive opportunities to practice your new skills as you gain the necessary technical knowledge you'll need to do your job well.


> Apprentices advance faster in their fields.

Apprentices who become journey-level workers usually advance more rapidly than other workers. Higher-paying jobs often come more quickly. Some apprentices move into supervisory positions within just a few years.

>National Industry Certification
(a portable credential)

When you graduate from a career training program, your certification will be recognized thoughout the United States.

>Equal opportunity.

All apprenticeship programs must provide equal opportunity to all interested individuals. Employers with five or more apprentices are required to show they are making a special effort to hire women and minorities. They must file a written affirmative action plan with the RI Department of Labor and Training.

 


Who is Eligible for Apprenticeship Programs?  What are the Requirements?

Employer applicants include employers or an association of employers with or without the participation of labor unions.

Individual applicants for apprenticeship programs must be at least 16 years old and meet the program sponsor's qualifications.  Applicants must satisfy the sponsor that they have the skills, ability, aptitude, and education to master the occupation and complete the related required program.

Some apprenticeship programs may have additional prerequisites. Other qualifications can include:

  • Age - Many programs require you to be at least 18 years old. In some cases, apprenticeships may begin at age 16 or 17.

  • Education - Most trades will require you to have a high school diploma or GED certificate. You may need specific mathematical training to enter certain trades. Basic reading and writing skills are also expected.

  • Physical ability - Some trades may be unsuitable for people who don't have the necessary strength or stamina to perform the required work.

  • Aptitude. You may be asked to take an aptitude test to see whether you're suited to the trade that interests you.

Registered School-To-Apprenticeship Programs

Registered School-to-Apprenticeship assists youth in the 11 and 12 grade, who plan to enter the workforce directly after high school.  The apprentice and the sponsor sign an agreement; the apprentice agrees to perform the work and complete the related study; the sponsor agrees to make every effort to keep the apprentice employed and to comply with the standards established for the program. The Registered School-to-Apprenticeship program is designed to provide the flexibility needed for a high school student to continue with school-based related instruction and the part-time structured on-the-job (OJT) training component. After graduating from high school, the apprentice enjoys full-time employment, while still receiving the occupational OJT and related instructions.

How do I become an apprentice?

Choose your trade carefully. Be sure it makes the most of your special talents. Visit work sites and ask people about their jobs. Would you enjoy doing what they do? Remember, apprenticeship is a commitment that prepares you for a lifetime career.

Visit, write or call the nearest netWORKri office, the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training or the State Apprenticeship Council.  Or contact an employer or union engaged in the trade you want to enter.  


 
RI Department of Labor and Training
Apprenticeship
Center General Complex
1511 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920


Phone: (401) 462-8580
Fax (401) 462-8528
TTY via RI Relay: 711
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