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Becoming an Apprentice

Getting Started:

The Registered Apprenticeship Program is a great way to jumpstart your career in a skilled trade. This program offers a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction, allowing you to earn a salary while you learn. Apprenticeships can take anywhere from one to six years to complete, depending on the occupation you choose. Upon completion, apprentices receive a nationally recognized credential that demonstrates their expertise in their chosen field. This program is designed to prepare you for a successful career and provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in your chosen trade. 

Here are the steps to become a new apprentice in a registered apprenticeship program:

Decide on the career path you're interested in pursuing.

 Deciding on an apprenticeship career path can be overwhelming. Consider your interests, strengths, and career goals. Research industries and apprenticeships available in your area. (Get information on program duration and estimated salaries here.) Contact companies or organizations for information on their programs. Attend job fairs and networking events. Seek advice from mentors or career counselors. Take time to evaluate your options carefully before making a decision. Remember, an apprenticeship can provide valuable hands-on experience and lead to a rewarding career. 

Take advantage of the services offered at your local Vermont Job Center.

Vermont Job Centers exist to help you prepare for your future apprenticeship. Our services include career counseling, job search assistance, resume building, interview coaching, and training opportunities. We can also connect you with employers offering apprenticeship programs in your area and provide information on the requirements and application process. 

Apply to the apprentice job you want. 

Unlike a college, an apprentice does not apply to the Vermont Registered Apprenticeship Program to become an apprentice.  Because an apprenticeship is a job, you have to be hired on as an apprentice, or get hired and advocate for the creation of a program with your employer.  You can find a list of participating employers, by county and occupation here.   Once you've decided on your career path of interest, reach out to the employers you're interested in working with to learn more about how their individual program operates and how you can apply. Each sponsor is responsible for managing their own apprenticeship program.

You can search apprenticeship jobs and programs at the Apprentice Job Finder, or search our free job board, VermontJobLink

What else to expect:

Each apprenticeship program is a little different, depending on the employer and the occupation. Here are some other steps you may expect before and during your apprenticeship:

  • Attend an orientation session if required.
  • Get selected for the program and sign an apprenticeship agreement.
  • Begin working and learning on the job under the supervision of a skilled mentor.
    Attend related classroom instruction as required.
  • Meet all program requirements and complete the required number of on-the-job training hours and required courses and trainings to earn a certificate of completion.


 Veterans in Apprenticeship

The Registered Apprenticeship program offers eligible Veterans a unique opportunity to apply and extend the valuable skills and experience gained in the service across a variety of industries. Check out THIS TOOL to help you translate your military occupation specialty to an apprenticeship occupation.

Veterans may be eligible to apply their Post-9/11 GI benefits to the program, which can benefit Veterans and employers.  Learn more about veteran apprenticeship here and here: Hire a Veteran


Equal Employment Opportunities in Registered Apprenticeship 

The Registered Apprenticeship Program is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity regulations. These regulations ensure that all individuals have equal access to apprenticeship opportunities regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, or disability. The program provides a fair and inclusive environment for all participants, promoting diversity and equal opportunity in the workforce.

Read more about equal employment opportunity in registered apprenticeship here.


"Enrolling in this program changed my entire career, as I quickly discovered how education and training bridge the gap between liking and loving what you do."

– Jesse, Advance Manufacturing Apprentice