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You probably have a lot of questions running through your head about your future— Education/training, potential occupations, and of course, wondering how to make it all happen.
Apprenticeship is a really smart option that allows students with a high school diploma or GED to work in their field of interest, getting on-the-job, hands-on experience while earning a wage. Not only do you get to dive into your future career, with the Montana Apprenticeship Program, you can earn while you learn!
Here are just some of the ways you can benefit from an Apprenticeship:
Contact your high school counselor, work-based learning coordinator, or the Apprenticeship Coordinator at your local Montana Career Center for more information about the doors that Apprenticeship can open for you. Students who successfully complete a 2-year AAS degree program in electrical technology or plumbing technology at MSU-Northern or Flathead Community College may receive credit towards the 4-year registered electrical or 5-year plumber apprenticeship programs.
How long does an Apprenticeship usually last?
To earn your certificate of completion and achieve journeyperson status (or your occupation’s equivalent level), ex:
Once you determine an occupation of interest, you need to find a job with a Montana Apprenticeship Program sponsor. This may be a company with an existing program or a new company that is willing to register a program. Some Apprenticeship sponsors can be found on our ATP sponsorship page. This partial listing of program sponsors does not indicate that they are taking applications for Apprenticeship or employment. Program sponsors individually determine when they will take applications. It’s a place to start!
Due to state and federal child labor laws, any high-school-aged Apprentice must be registered in an Apprenticeship program. As a participant in the program, you must abide by the rules and training plan as outlined in the Apprenticeship standards for your particular apprenticeable occupation. Your training plan outlines what you will learn on-the-job as well as the related instruction associated with the occupation.
Common Misconceptions about Apprenticeship
Fiction: Apprenticeships are only available in the “traditional trades”
Fact: There is a huge variety of apprenticeable occupations—over 800 to choose from in fields like Culinary Arts, Information Technology, Cosmetology, Mechanics/Repair . There are always new Apprenticeships being developed so you are bound to find an occupation that fits your abilities and interests.
Fiction: Apprenticeships are only for students who aren’t “cut out” for college
Fact: Apprenticeship requires knowledge as well as skill. Part of your Apprenticeship includes the educational component, which requires you to take college level courses.
Apprenticeship in the 21st century requires related instruction as well as on-the-job training. Many professions require extensive math skills, i.e. electronics, electricians, computer repair technicians, etc. The difference is you immediately get to put academic theory into practice. Apprentices learn skills in the context of their occupations and the way that they will be used. Successful completion of a registered apprenticeship training program is comparable to a 4-year degree relative to earning potential, job security and workplace portability.
Fiction: Once you start an Apprenticeship, there is no turning back
Fact: Apprenticeships demand a strong commitment, but in the event that you choose an occupation that does not fit for you, there is the ability to cancel the Apprenticeship.
Fiction: Apprenticeship exploits cheap student labor
Fact: Apprentices earn wages, even while they are training. You typically start out being paid a certain percentage of the salary given to a professional or journeyman in your occupation. As you develop more skills and understanding, your pay increases for every fixed number of hours of training you complete.
Did you know…?
Examples of occupations in which you can become an Apprentice:
LINKS FOR STUDENTS
Jobs.mt.gov - An electronic labor exchange that provides job seekers and employers a marketplace to connect online at no cost to them
Job Corps - A no-cost education and vocational training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor
Business, Trade and Technical Schools - Searchable vocational school database and career training resources
Technical-Schools-Guide.com a complete resource covering the technical schools and programs in the US.