Apprentice General FAQs
An apprenticeship is a way to learn competitive skills by combining education with hands-on training. Apprentices are paid positions that give you long term, real-time experience that ties directly back to the education you are receiving.
Benefits of your apprenticeship include:
- Earning a competitive income while you are learning
- Acquiring skills and knowledge that will help you gain your qualifications faster
- Learning and improving at your own pace
- Gaining the support of mentors, peers, and educators
- Establishing a rewarding career path
During an apprenticeship, you will receive both structured, on-the-job training and job-related education. Franklin Apprenticeship on-the-job training programs are provided by coaches, mentors, and trainers who help to manage and monitor your accomplishments and goals. Job-related education can be provided by participating partner apprenticeship training centers, technical schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities, sometimes through distance learning.
Yes. Apprentices can earn industry-recognized credentials and can receive college credits that towards an associate or bachelor’s degree.
While both programs offer hands-on learning, there are vast differences between an internship and an apprenticeship. Internships are often a competitive bonus to college grads looking for a job but an apprenticeship almost guarantees a job upon completion. 91% of apprentices stay with their employers after program completion. Plus, apprentices earn a “living wage”, which is often significantly more than interns.
The average starting wage for an apprentice is $15.00 per hour.
Wage increases are specific to roles and are earned as apprentices become more proficient.
There is no upper age limit.
Apprenticeships are becoming available in almost every industry and for a wide range of job roles. Traditional apprenticeships, such as those in the trades, have been popular for decades. Nontraditional apprenticeships, such as those advanced manufacturing, IT/digital, healthcare, financial services, and marketing are prevalent in other countries and are growing in popularity and demand throughout the United States.
Yes. There are many individuals in the workforce who are underemployed, unemployed or simply looking change to their chosen career/educational path.
Programs can differ depending on the employer and role; but, Franklin apprentices begin their apprenticeships as full-time employees. Actual working hours are determined by your employer.
Since you begin an apprenticeship in Day One as an employee, you are entitled to the employer’s standard vacation/PTO and benefits package.
Yes, if your employer agrees that you are eligible to become part of an existing upskilling program where you now work.
You are encouraged to apply for open positions at any time of the year. Beginning your apprenticeship is dependent upon the employer program and position availability.
Programs administered by Franklin Apprenticeships are free to eligible apprentices. All training and support costs are paid for by the employer under which you apprentice.
Generally, apprenticeships can take between one and six years to complete. The time to complete an apprenticeship is dependent upon the skills levels, job roles, industry sectors, and sponsor/employer program requirements.
Minimum qualification requirements are driven by the Apprenticeship program sponsor/employer. For instance, qualifications may include education level, the ability to physically perform the essential functions required to perform the job, and could include aptitude tests, interviews, or previous work history.
Additionally, some apprenticeship eligibility can be specific to a State’s Workforce Development/Office of Apprenticeship program demographic criteria.
Yes. Registered Apprenticeship opportunities combine on-the-job training and job-related instruction, provided by apprenticeship training centers, technical schools, colleges, and other educational institutions. Registered Apprenticeship sponsors often work directly with two- and four-year colleges to structure the program so apprentices earn college credits.
First, apprentices are hired by employers and receive a paycheck from the first day of work. Wages increase over time as apprentices advance in their knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Apprenticeships last from one to six years – depending on the occupation and model – and connect education and work simultaneously. Apprentices take classes while they are working, combining theoretical and hands-on learning. At the end of the apprenticeship, apprentices earn industry-recognized credentials and in many cases can receive college credits that may lead to an associate or bachelor’s degree.
After completion of an apprenticeship program, the apprentice earns a nationally-recognized credential from the U.S. Department of Labor that is portable and stackable. This means that other employers in that industry will recognize its value and that you can build on its foundation to further your knowledge and education.
Franklin Apprenticeships programs also include industry-recognized certifications specific to the role.
Begin by asking yourself what kind of apprenticeship you’re looking for – IT Help Desk, Network Security, etc. Options and openings are growing everyday. Submit your interest on AskFranklin.org, and receive alerts for specific apprenticeship vacancies. After you have a shortlist of vacancies that you want to apply to, you can start putting together your resume and supporting documents.
One-third of Missouri’s dislocated workers have backgrounds in manufacturing or construction-related fields. These skills represent an area of untapped talent for Missouri’s automotive industry.
The workforce strategy is to tap into a pool of “job ready” professionals who bring maturity and life experience to entry-level positions. Working with the Missouri Department of Economic Development, we identify skilled dislocated workers whose jobs have been – or may soon be – eliminated.
Dislocated workers who are registered as such by the local Job Center. To be eligible, you must be:
- Receiving unemployment benefits due to being laid off or losing a job within the past 5 years and unlikely to return to a previous occupation.
- Laid off or received a lay-off notice from a job within the past 5 years.
- Self-employed but now unemployed due to economic conditions or natural disaster.
- The spouse of an active duty member of the Armed Forces and have experienced a loss of employment within the past 5 years because of relocating due to a permanent change in duty station.
- The spouse of an active duty member of the Armed Forces and unemployed or underemployed, and experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment.
- A displaced homemaker who previously provided unpaid services to the family (for example: a stay-at-home mom or dad) no longer supported by the spouse, unemployed or underemployed, and having trouble finding or upgrading employment.
From their first day of work, apprentices receive a paycheck that is guaranteed to increase as their training progresses. Apprentices also complete a combination of job-related instruction and hands-on training at the job site leading to a nationally-recognized, portable credential. Additional benefits include:
- Practical on-the-job training in a wide variety of occupations and industries, such as health care, construction, information technology, transportation, energy, and advanced manufacturing.
- Hands-on training resulting in improved skills and competencies as well as the potential to earn college credit toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
- Once the apprenticeship is complete, workers are on their way to a successful long-term career with a competitive salary and little or no educational debt.
- When an apprentice graduates from a career training program, he or she earns a certified portable credential accepted by industries and employers across the U.S.
Yes, an apprenticeship is a job. Apprentices start working when they enter an apprenticeship, with steady wage increases as they become more proficient. The average starting wage for an apprentice is $15.00 per hour.