Veteran Resources for Apprentices
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.
By becoming a registered apprentice, you can earn a paycheck while learning a new trade (or continuing with an old one), gaining valuable work experience, and setting yourself up for a successful career. This program is an excellent way for veterans to transition into civilian life and build a better future for themselves and their families.
Veterans may be eligible for special programs and benefits through the Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS). VETS offers assistance with finding and applying for apprenticeships, as well as support for transitioning from military to civilian life.
Apply Your GI Bill Benefits
GI Bill benefits can be applied to Veterans Administration (VA) approved apprenticeships, providing eligible Veterans with financial assistance while they learn a new trade. To apply, Veterans must first meet the eligibility requirements for GI benefits and then find a VA-approved apprenticeship program. If you are eligible, your GI benefits can assist in a variety of ways.
Veterans eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits:
- your benefits can cover a monthly housing allowance and a stipend for books and supplies, in addition to your wages while you are an apprentice.
- Monthly Housing Allowance
As a Veteran apprentice, you can use your GI Bill benefit to receive a tax-free monthly stipend during your participation in a Registered Apprenticeship Program.
- Stipend for Books and Supplies
Recipients of the Post-9/11 GI Bill may receive up to $83 per month for books and supplies, in addition to their VA housing stipend.
- Monthly Housing Allowance
Veterans eligible for Montgomery GI Bill benefits
- If you are eligible, you can receive up to 36 months of education benefits.
GI Bill Benefits Approval
- If you are a veteran employed in a registered apprenticeship program, ask your employer if the program is "GI Bill Benefit Approved". For questions about GI Bill Benefits, visit the VA's eBenefits website or call 1-800-827-1000 (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time).
- Click here to search for GI Bill Approved Facilities.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Further information about VA education benefits can be found at the official U.S. government Veterans Affairs website.
To learn more about service member and Veteran apprentice programs, head here.