FAQ for Apprentices

1. What is the difference between apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs? 
Apprenticeship requires participants to participate in both classroom and on-the-job training. Pre-apprenticeship gives its participants the option of choosing one or both and offers shorter training programs than full apprenticeships.

2. 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.

3. 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.