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Apprenticeships

This category includes job banks and organizations that list apprenticeship programs or offer information about finding and applying for apprentice training. Includes resources for both Canadian and U.S. apprenticeship programs, and the popular electrician apprentice training program in the U.S.

Not exactly sure what apprenticeships are? They are job-training programs sponsored by employers, employer associations and organized labor groups (unions).

If one of these programs accepts your application, you'll become an apprentice. As such, you'll learn a skilled trade through on-the-job training, classroom instruction or both.

An apprenticeship program is a good deal, because you'll earn while you learn. Apprentices are paid employees, even though in training.

After you successfully complete your program, you'll receive an Apprenticeship Completion Certificate in the U.S. or a Certificate of Qualification in Canada.

That earns you nationwide recognition as a qualified, skilled worker in your trade. In turn, that makes you eligible to work just about anywhere you want within your country.

You might even earn college credits toward a degree, depending on the program you enter. Discover more about apprenticeship programs through the resources linked below.

See also the apprenticeship opportunities list from Indeed, under Find a Job in the navigation column to your left. Search for more using the search form under the list or on the Job Search page.

Apprenticeship Forum
Lists resources for finding apprenticeship programs in Canada.

Apprenticeship Programs
A list of apprenticeship program links maintained by the Ontario Ministry of Education, Canada.

Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification
About apprenticeships from the Canadian Government of New Brunswick.

Apprenticeships
The benefits and other aspects of becoming an apprentice, and where to learn more about applying for registered apprentice training programs in the USA. Includes a list of the 25 most-popular apprenticeship occupations. An informative article right here at TechnicalJobSearch.com.

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Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship
About registered apprenticeships from the U.S. Department of Labor division that oversees the National Apprenticeship System. A very good place to start.

National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee
How to get started in the popular electrician apprenticeship program in the U.S. This is a cooperative venture between the National Electrical Contractors Association and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Student Apprenticeships
Studentjobs.gov maintains a list of current, U.S. government-related and other apprenticeship opportunities for high school and college students.

Union Jobs Clearinghouse
Lists U.S. and Canadian apprenticeship programs that are accepting applications.

Apprenticeship Program Leads in the U.S.
Unfortunately, there's a shortage of job banks and such that list or explain apprenticeship programs. Since apprenticeships are typically offered by employers and unions, natch, there are far too many to list here. But we won't leave you hanging. To find out about apprenticeship programs if the links above aren't fruitful, try one or more of the following (not necessarily in the order shown).

  • Contact the relevant U.S. Department of Labor's State Office of Apprenticeship.
  • Contact the relevant state apprenticeship agency.
  • Browse the Registered Apprenticeship section at Career Voyages, a U.S. government Web site.
  • Browse 21st Century Apprenticeship sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration.
  • Search the Apprenticeship Program Sponsors Database at the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship Web site.
  • Visit the nearest state unemployment office or One-Stop Career Center. You don't have to be unemployed to take advantage of the free employment services.
  • Browse union directories and lists that maintain links to union Web sites at the national and international levels. Use them to find and contact the nearest local union offices, the best places to find out about nearby apprentice training.
  • If you know of a local employer or union engaged in the industry in which you want to become an apprentice, contact one or the other.
  • If you know someone who's a member of a local union for which you'd like to apprentice, talk to him or her.
  • Search for unions of interest on the Web or in your local phonebook, and contact the nearest local office about apprenticeship programs.
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