What is an Apprentice?
An apprenticeship is not just a job, it is a career. Graduates who successfully complete their apprenticeship training will receive nationally recognized completion certificate. In this regard, an apprenticeship is considered "the other four (4) year degree." Apprentices earn a salary while learning their craft. An apprenticeship combines on-the-job-training experience with related (classroom) instruction. Apprenticeship occupations last from one (1) to six (6) years, but most average three (3) to four (4) years.
Many occupations offer apprenticeships, including healthcare, construction, information technology, cyber security, advanced manufacturing and business services.
Apprenticeships are hard work and competitive. An apprentice must have the will to see the program through. It takes ambition, drive, courage and patience!
Advantages of Registered Apprenticeship
- A paycheck - From day one, an apprentice will earn a paycheck guaranteed to increase over time as he or she learns new skills.
- On the job training - An apprentice will receive practical on-the-job training related to their specific occupation.
- An education - Apprentices will receive hands-on training and have the potential to earn college credit, an associate or bachelor’s degree. In many cases, classes are paid for by the employer.
- National industry certification - when you graduate from a career training program, you’ll be certified and can take your certification anywhere in the U.S.
How to apply for an Apprenticeship
If you are interested in an apprenticeship program please contact one of the active programs by clicking below:
- Call the apprenticeship programs / companies and ask if and when they are accepting new applications.
- Find out which documents they require to apply.
- Ask to be provided with informational materials about their programs. Review the company’s website and informational materials, and ask don’t be afraid to ask for clarification.
- You will need to interview for your spot, so prepare your résumé, dress professionally and bring a working pen to complete your application and take notes.
- Make sure you take a list of addresses and phone numbers from past employers or references that you may need for your application.
- Ask your references in advance for their permission to use their names.
- Bring all required documentation.
Arizona Apprenticeship Office
Arizona Department of Economic Security
P.O Box 6123
Phoenix, AZ 85005