Apprenticeship offers benefits for both employer and worker: Employers can develop their future workforce, and individuals get a paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally recognized credential. It’s a win-win strategy!

In honor of National Apprenticeship Week (November 15-21, 2021), we’ve compiled the following FAQs:

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a paid work experience that includes on-the-job and classroom learning. Apprenticeships give workers the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in a high-demand job and the opportunity to pursue a career in a high-demand industry.

What is a “high-demand” job or industry?

A high-demand industry is one that is experiencing a demand for its products of services. A high-demand job is one that employers need qualified workers for now. Currently in West Michigan, construction, health care, information technology and manufacturing are experiencing a need for skilled workers.

How long does an apprenticeship program last?

The length of an apprenticeship program varies depending on the employer, the occupation and the type of program. Registered apprenticeship programs typically range from one year to six years.

How much money can an apprentice earn?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, an individual who participates in an apprenticeship program can expect to earn an average annual income of approximately $60,000. Apprentices who complete their program earn approximately $300,000 more over their career than non-apprenticeship workers.

Do you earn college credit?

Today, most apprenticeship opportunities include on-the-job training and classroom instruction provided by training centers, technical schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities. Often, community colleges provide college credit for apprenticeship experience.

Sounds great! When can I start?

Apprenticeship opportunities are driven by employer need. When employers have a critical need for skilled workers and an apprenticeship program or opening is created, West Michigan Works! will promote the opportunity on its website, in its service centers, and in the Weekly Hot Jobs email.