Become an Apprentice
Apprenticeships are jobs. You must apply directly to the employer or sponsor for acceptance into an apprenticeship. Apprenticeship offers a path into technology, construction, healthcare, manufacturing and other industries for high potential candidates who need specific technical knowledge and experience required to access these careers. In some instances, apprenticeship is the only path to an occupational license.
Find Apprenticeship Programs
- Building Futures
- Build RI (Construction)
- Residential Construction Job Bank
- We Make RI (Advanced Manufacturing)
- RIMTA (Marine Trades)
- Skills for RI's Future
- American Apprenticeship Finder
- RI Nursery & Landscape Association
- Heavy Equipment Operators
- Lawn Care Specialist
- Sheetmetal Workers
- Green Jobs
- Commercial Fishing
What do I need to know to become an Apprentice?
Know the Occupation
Apprenticeship is a 1-5 year commitment to prepare you for a specific occupation. Explore the career before making that commitment. Talk to people in this job, research the occupation online using Labor Market Information, O*Net Online or other career sites and make sure it is a good fit for you.
Apprenticeship is for people who
- Are ready to take on the responsibilities of a job
- Like to learn by doing
- Want their education to be relevant
- Want or need to be financially self-supporting
- Do not want to take on college debt
- Are motivated to build mastery in their chosen career
Understand the Apprenticeship Program
Apprenticeship programs have core components, but every apprenticeship program will be different based on the occupation. Each Registered Apprenticeship program has Standards that outline the program and the sponsor (employer) is required to provide these to apprentices. There is also an Apprenticeship Agreement you will be asked to sign to become an apprentice. These documents will tell you:
- What you will learn on the job
- What related education is required and who will pay for it
- When and where courses are offered
- Is instruction paid or unpaid
- How many hours of paid work can be expected in the first year
- What is the wage progression schedule and how will progress be evaluated
- How much college credit will be earned for the apprenticeship and is there a path to completing a college degree
Meet with a netWORKri representative to explore supports
Applicants may be eligible for workforce development dollars for training, required tools and gear, or GI Education Benefits.
Stay on top of documentation so you don’t fall behind on completing your program. Once you are on the job, learn about how On-the-Job Learning and Education will be documented and be diligent about keeping records of your work hours and courses completed. It will be your job to provide transcripts for your completed education to your sponsor unless your sponsor is providing education in-house.