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Union or nonunion, apprenticeships help businesses develop highly skilled employees through a structured system that combines on-the-job training (OJT) with related supplemental instructions (RSI) Apprenticeships capture the knowledge and skills of the most experienced tradespeople and pass it on to the next generation of employees. They reduce the risk of skill shortages upon retirement of key staff and help a business remain competitive. 144 hours of RSI and 2,000 OJT hours are required for each year of a registered apprenticeship.

A registered apprenticeship program is sponsored by a business. Apprentices are only enrolled in the training program when the participating company selects them for the apprenticeship.


Apprentices "earn while they learn." As their skills increase, so do their wages. Upon finishing the program, an apprentice earns a journey level "Completion of Registered Apprenticeship" certificate, an industry issued, nationally recognized credential that he or she takes with them validating proficiency in an occupation.

SCWDC is working to bring registered apprenticeship programs to Central Washington.

Youth Apprenticeship

Open to enrolled high school juniors and seniors, youth apprentices must be at least 16 years of age with a minimum GPA of a 2.0. They must have completed or passed Algebra I, pass a drug screen, and be eligible to work in Washington State. The two year youth apprenticeship offers:

  • OSHA-10 Certification
  • 15 College Credits
  • 2 High School Credits Towards Graduation
  • 2,000 Paid OJT Hours
  • 3 Apprentice Level Classes
  • Short-Term Certificate From Local Community College

Youth apprenticeships are designed for high school students to develop career ready skills in areas such as advanced manufacturing industries.

Adult Apprenticeship

Those 18 or older with a high school diploma/GED, a solid foundation in basic math, and a mechanical aptitude may be eligible for a two to five year apprenticeship in ares like advanced manufacturing, industrial maintenance and more.

Registered apprentices will:

  • Work full time while training with a mentor.
  • Earn a livable wage plus benefits.
  • Earn college credit towards an Associate's Degree that can turn into a four year degree.
  • Tuition may be paid by the employer or the apprentice, depending on the program.
  • Graduate with a nationally recognized industry credential.

A variety of apprenticeship programs are available depending on the employer. If you are interested in learning more about starting an apprenticeship program in your business or connecting with an employer offering apprenticeships, e-mail us.