Transition From Active Duty To Apprenticeship!
U.S. Department of Labor
September 16, 2022
A pathway to a great career with competitive
wages doesn’t always have to include college. Many transitioning
service members and veterans are unsure about their next career
step. They consider college, but would rather enter the workforce to
earn an income. They may want to transition into a career field
different from their military occupation, but they don’t have the
credentials or experience that employers want.
Apprenticeship may be the answer!
Registered Apprenticeships are an earn-while-you-learn training model where apprentices gain relevant, paid workplace experience, classroom instruction, and nationally recognized credentials. These programs enable transitioning service members and veterans to gain civilian career experience and further develop the skills they learned during military service. (U.S. Department of Labor Courtesy Photo
- September 14, 2022)
Registered Apprenticeships are an
earn-while-you-learn training model where apprentices gain relevant,
paid workplace experience, classroom instruction, and nationally
recognized credentials. These programs enable transitioning service
members and veterans to gain civilian career experience and further
develop the skills they learned during military service.
Still unsure if an Apprenticeship is for you? Consider these
The average salary of
someone over age 25 who completes a Registered Apprenticeship
Program is $77,000 compared to $69,000 for someone with a bachelor’s
93% of apprentices who complete the program are
retained by an employer.
Apprentice graduates earn $300,000
more over their lifetime compared to similar peers who don’t
complete an apprenticeship program.
programs also allow participants to earn college credits, and
programs extend far beyond just skilled trade occupations: There are
many apprenticeship opportunities in high-growth industry sectors,
such as health care, transportation, IT, cybersecurity, advanced
manufacturing, and energy.
As a transitioning
service-member apprentice, you will work in an environment with a
clear pathway for success and benefit from a mentor who can help
ease your transition into a civilian career. You can also use your
post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, which can provide a monthly housing
allowance for Department of Veterans Affairs’ approved
apprenticeship programs. You may even be able to get credit for
prior education and military service, which may shorten the duration
of your program.
How does a Registered Apprenticeship differ
from an internship?
Registered Apprenticeships are not
internships. Apprentices are paid from day one and are at least a
year long. Apprenticeships combine hands-on and classroom learning
to ensure apprentices master industry-approved, on-the-job
competencies. Apprentices earn a nationally recognized credential
upon completion. Internships are typically shorter in length, not as
structured and many are unpaid. Additionally, internships do not
always include mentorship and may not lead to earning a credential
or a full-time job. While both programs may lead to college credit,
some apprenticeship programs can lead to a debt-free college degree.
Does an apprenticeship sound like a good option for you?
We’re here to help!
Apprenticeship where you will find the Apprenticeship Job
Finder tool to search for open apprenticeship jobs by location,
industry, occupation or by name. It also has a Partner Finder tool
to help locate apprenticeship programs by name, state, occupation
and industry and allows for identifying additional apprenticeship
stakeholders and partners.
You can also connect with your local
American Job Center to learn more about programs in your area.
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