Not every student wants to immediately head off to a four-year university. For students that prefer hands-on learning, want to go right to work, prefer to stay closer to family, or would like their education partly or fully paid for, an apprenticeship can be the right choice. In some cases, employers pay for 100% of the training costs; in others, the community colleges work with employers to obtain grant funding to cover these costs.
Apprenticeships are a great alternative pathway to a successful career. Benefits include:
- Hands-on learning and job-related classroom or technical training
- Wages that increase as new skills are learned
- Earn national credentials, certifications, or college degrees
- Jump-start your career, supporting yourself and your family while learning
- Local employers offering apprenticeships give you the opportunity for a career close to home
Most apprenticeships range from one to four years, with the apprentice earning a nationally recognized credential (or journeyperson’s certificate) after completing the program. The training programs are structured, with most programs including both hands-on and classroom education. Apprentices are paid for learning hours and work hours based on a scale that includes wage increases at specific achievement points.
If you are a student or parent interested in learning more about apprenticeship opportunities in Craven County, please be in touch with our Apprenticeship Contact below.