Registered apprenticeships combine on-the-job learning and classroom instruction. Apprentices work full time, usually starting at half the wage of a worker who has been certified in the occupation. Apprentices receive regular pay increases as they learn to perform more complex tasks. When they complete their apprenticeship, they increase their chances of finding well-paying jobs.
Keep in mind that you are looking for work in a very competitive field. If you get discouraged along the way, or if someone tells you "no," then maybe you're talking to the wrong person. Be persistent. Your enthusiasm works for you, not against you. Call apprenticeship programs directly, even if they're full or not accepting applications at this time. See if they are offering orientations or have tips about filing an application. Ask for an informational interview or see if you can visit a work site or shop.
Also, all apprenticeship programs qualify for Veteran GI Bill benefits!
If you want to become an apprentice, it's important to:
- Study math, science, and communication;
- Complete high school or earn your GED;
- Stay drug free;
- Ask questions of people who work in occupations that offer apprenticeships;
- Keep a good driving record and reliable transportation; and
- Learn what a good work ethic is and practice it.
Source: Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries