"I learn new things every day,” says Elizabeth Cummings, who is training as an electrician apprentice. “I get to use my hands and my mind. I’m practically guaranteed a great career in a few years—a job that I know I’ll like and that pays very well.”
Apprenticeships are available for more than 850 occupations. Construction and manufacturing apprenticeships are most common, but
apprenticeships are available for all sorts of occupations. Possibilities range from
telecommunications, environmental protection, and pastry making to healthcare, childcare, and the arts.
What do all of these programs have in common? They combine structured on-the-job training with classroom instruction.
Apprenticeship also can be combined with other kinds of training. Classroom instruction often counts toward licenses, certifications, and college degrees.
But for all its advantages, apprenticeship takes time and effort. So before deciding if apprenticeship is right for you, keep reading to learn more about what apprenticeship is and how to find, choose, and qualify for a program.
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