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Learn Skills through Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship can offer a great opportunity to learn a skill or trade while getting paid. Find out about registered apprenticeships and access local programs.

Apprenticeships are available in almost every employment sector with positions ranging from construction and manufacturing to emerging sectors like energy, health care and technology.

As an apprentice, you will earn a wage from your first day and receive incremental raises as you gain proficiency. Apprenticeships range from one to six years, with the average being four years. Since most military duty assignments are three years or fewer, be sure to choose a program you can complete before you move or continue when you relocate.

The Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Program works with state apprenticeship agencies to provide apprenticeship programs that meet federal standards and offer nationally recognized credentials. These Department of Labor resources offer more information on Registered Apprenticeships:

  • About Apprenticeship – Learn about the Registered Apprenticeship Program and how it works for military spouses.
  • My Next Move – Search career listings, information on required skills and training, job outlook and state apprenticeship programs for each career.
  • Apprenticeship Sponsor Database – Search for specific apprenticeship programs in your state.

Through an apprenticeship, you will learn more about your potential career choice, benefit from technology and classroom training and build skills your future employer will expect. Many apprenticeship programs offer a combination of structured learning with on-the-job training from an assigned mentor. You can also further your education or gain credentials, certifications or licensure while you participate in the program.

For additional assistance with education and career planning, check out the pages for the Career Exploration and Education, Training and Licensing lifecycle stages of MySECO. Contact a SECO career coach by calling Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 or use the Live Chat feature on the MySECO website for additional guidance.

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