FAQ for Apprentices

1. What is the difference between apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs? 
Apprenticeships require participants to participate in both classroom and on-the-job training. It is designed for students who have selected a career pathway and have plans to continue working for an employer either full time or part time after graduation.

Pre-apprenticeships give its participants the option of choosing either classroom or on-the-job training, or both, and offer shorter training programs than full apprenticeships. Pre-apprenticeships enable a student to explore a career by participating in a work-based learning program that gives more time with the employer than job shadowing or an internship.

2. Is apprenticeship an internship?

No. Internships are for students who have not decided on a career but want to explore options, and internships don't have a classroom component. Internships also are typically of shorter duration than either pre-apprenticeships or apprenticeships.

3. How long will an apprenticeship program last? 
Most apprenticeship programs last from one to five years, but vary based on the occupation and complexity of the job offered by the employer. Pre-apprenticeship programs are often shorter than apprenticeships and provide pre-employment training for individuals preparing to go into a registered apprenticeship.

4. At what age can I start an apprenticeship?
In North Carolina, participants must be at least 16 years old to start an apprenticeship. Pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships can start while you are still in high school. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training works with ApprenticeshipNC to make sure your program provides high-quality training, issues a Certificate of Completion, encourages new programs through marketing, and protects the safety of participants.