>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.
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.