Apprenticeship is one of the oldest methods of job training. This method is an industry driven education and career training program based on recognized industry standards. It is a means by which employers address current and projected employment needs. This program is a partnership among business, industry, education, North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL), parents and youth apprentices. Some apprenticeship characteristics are:
Use of a skilled journeyman to help instruct the apprentice.
Combination of classroom-related instruction with structured work-based learning.
Employment by an employer who has a direct need for trainees in the occupation.
Incremental pay scale that increases with skill and knowledge development.
Training of a highly skilled technician or craft person.
Appropriate for occupations that do not require a college degree but require a high level of skill and knowledge.
Registration by the North Carolina Department of Labor, Apprenticeship and Training Bureau. NCDOL provides free assistance to the employer and to the apprentice and certifies both the training program and the newly trained journeyman.