Become an Apprentice

Earn and Learn

An apprenticeship is a job that allows you to earn money while gaining skills and experience through both academic instruction and on-the-job learning (OJL). As an apprentice, you start working on day one and receive pay increases as you learn new skills and take on more responsibilities. In fact, the average  hourly wage for an apprentice is $16.00 per hour in Michigan.

Why Become an Apprentice?

Through an apprenticeship program, you can obtain paid, relevant on-the-job learning (OJL) combined with classroom instruction while acquiring the skills and credentials that employer’s value. 92% of apprentices who complete an apprenticeship retain employment, with an average annual salary of $72,000.

What occupations can I train for through Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship offers access to thousands of career paths. There are over 1100 apprenticeship jobs in various industry sectors such as: manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, financial services, culinary, hospitality, information technology/cyber security and energy.

Who can become an Apprentice?

People eligible for apprenticeship programs are as diverse as the opportunities available. Because entry requirements vary by program, apprentices reflect a range of backgrounds and educational experiences. The eligible starting age for Registered Apprenticeship can be no less than 16; however, in certain occupations and employer requirements, you need to be at least 18. Each apprenticeship program’s sponsor also develops its own minimum qualifications related to education and the ability to perform essential job functions.

Some Apprentices start their journey in pre-apprenticeship programs.

These programs prepare people to enter and succeed in apprenticeships by enhancing their qualifications and expertise. Like apprenticeships, pre-apprenticeships involve both classroom instruction and the chance to apply new skills in the real-world environment. 

Seeking an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship opportunities are offered through an employer or the program sponsor.

  • To become an apprentice, search for an opportunity using our Apprenticeship Job Finder and apply directly with the employer or the program sponsor.
  • If you are interested in seeking an apprenticeship but need more guidance, find an American Job Center near you. They help businesses find qualified workers and can help you obtain an apprenticeship to enhance your career.
  • Questions about a specific opportunity? Contact the employer or the program sponsor listed on the job posting for more information.

Benefits to Students

  • Wages earned while learning
  • Improved skills and competencies
  • Higher wages as skills increase
  • National, portable credential
  • College certificate and associate degree opportunity
  • Career advancement

Average Hourly Wage Begin a career with little or no college debtEarn approximately $30,000