The job market is tough. It’s even more difficult when you compete with skilled tradespeople. If you are looking to gain hands-on experience and industry credentials, this program may be for you.
EARN WHILE YOU LEARN
It’s a job. It’s also school. Apprentices work under master craftsmen who are experts in their field. They also take college level classes specific to their occupation and industry. As an apprentice’s skills increase, so do their wages.
Upon successful completion of classes and a set number of hours of on-the-job training, an apprentice earns a journey level “Completion of Registered Apprenticeship” – an industry issued, nationally recognized credential that he or she takes with them validating proficiency in an occupation or trade.
If you want to learn more about how apprenticeship works and see the variety of apprenticeship programs available throughout the United States, visit Labor and Industries.
Several companies in South Central Washington have apprenticeship programs. These are company sponsored; you need to be employed and chosen by the business for the training program.
WHAT apprenticeships are available in our area?
AVAILABLE ADULT APPRENTICESHIPS
- Industrial Machine Operator
- Industrial Maintenance Technician
AVAILABLE YOUTH APPRENTICESHIPS
- Production Technician
- Automation Technician
APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH AND ADULTS
We offer a pre-apprenticeship program called Manufacturing Academy that provides the foundational skills and credentials to enter a formal apprenticeship. Manufacturing Academy is open to individuals 17 years age and up.
We also offer youth and adult apprenticeship programs.
In this pre-apprenticeship, you will learn and get certified in the following:
This program is open to enrolled high school juniors and seniors who are at least 16 years of age with a minimum GPA of a 2.0. You must have completed or passed Algebra I, pass a drug screen, and be able 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 hours of paid on-the-job training
- 3 apprentice level classes
- Short-term certificate from a local community college
This program is open to adults 18 and up with a high school diploma/GED, a solid foundation in basic math, and an interest in mechanics. Two to five-year apprenticeships are available in areas like advanced manufacturing, industrial maintenance, and more. As a registered apprentice, you 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.
- Graduate with a nationally recognized Journey level industry credential.
HOW DO I BECOME AN APPRENTICE?
We can connect you with available apprenticeships in our area.
What our apprentices say about the program
West Valley School District