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What is a Registered Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are innovative training programs that allow employers to develop and prepare their future workforce while providing individuals with a learn-while-you-earn approach to career development. Apprenticeships include: 

    • Paid Job - Apprentices are paid employees who produce high-quality work while they learn skills that enhance their employers' needs. 
    • On-the-Job Learning - Develops skilled workers through structured learning in a work setting. 
    • Classroom Learning - Improves job-related skills through education in a classroom setting (virtual or in-person). 
    • Mentorship - Provides apprentices with the support of a skilled worker to assist and enhance critical hands-on learning. 
    • Credentials - Offers a portable, nationally recognized credential to be issued at the completion of the program.


What's So Cool About Apprenticeships?


Apprenticeships offer something a typical 4-year degree doesn’t – a paid job with a competitive wage from day one. Combined with structured classroom and on-the-job training, apprenticeships result in the skills and credentials that employers value.  

94% of apprentices who complete an apprenticeship retain employment, with an average annual salary of $70,000. Workers who complete apprenticeship programs earn approximately $300,000 more during their career than their peers who do not. And many apprentices are able to earn credits towards an advanced degree while avoiding student debt. 

Apprenticeships are growing in every industry, including:

    • Advanced Manufacturing 
    • Construction 
    • Energy 
    • Finance & Business 
    • Healthcare 
    • Hospitality 
    • Information Technology 
    • Logistics & Transportation 


Success Stories

The benefits from apprenticeship programs are immense and widespread.  From employers being able to expand their operations while preserving the institutional knowledge of their retiring workforce, to individuals finding onramps to family-sustaining careers without taking on college debt. Success stories that show firsthand the ability of apprenticeship programs meeting the changing needs of a dynamic workforce can be seen on the PA CareerLink® apprenticeship webpage.