Franklin Apprenticeships FAQs

What Is An Apprenticeship?2020-09-29T11:48:29-04:00

Modern apprenticeship is a workforce recruitment and development solution that offers employers a cost-effective way to attract, train, and retain middle-skill talent.

Apprenticeships are mostly known in the skilled trades.  But, the modernization of apprenticeship systems is a way to help employers solve middle-skill workforce shortages. Middle-skill jobs, which require education beyond high school but not a four-year degree, make up the largest part of the labor market in the United States.

Middle-skill jobs account for 53 percent of the United States’ labor market, but only 43 percent of the country’s workers are trained to the middle-skill level. Modern Apprenticeships are a way to help fill that growing workforce gap.

How Would an Apprenticeship Program Benefit Our Company?2020-09-29T11:48:04-04:00

Registered Apprenticeship programs help businesses develop highly-skilled employees, reduce turnover rates, increase productivity and lower the cost of recruitment. Additional benefits include:

  • Customized training that meets industry standards, tailored to the specific needs of businesses, resulting in highly-skilled employees.
  • Increased knowledge transfer through on-the-job learning from an experienced mentor, combined with education courses to support work-based learning.
  • Enhanced employee retention: 91% of those completing an apprenticeship are still employed nine months later.
  • A safer workplace that may reduce worker compensation costs, due to the program’s emphasis on safety training.
  • A stable and reliable pipeline of qualified workers.
  • A systematic approach to training that ensures employees are trained and certified to produce at the highest skill levels required for the occupation.
  • Businesses may qualify for state-based tax credits available for apprenticeship program sponsors. Workforce systems and other community partners may also choose to contribute funding for training, supplies or other aspects of apprenticeship programs. These benefits reduce an employer’s investment in apprenticeship training costs.
What Hourly Wage Should I Expect To Pay An Apprentice?2020-09-30T10:08:06-04:00

Employers set compensation based on the current wage for fully-skilled workers.  Apprentices receive reduced wages that increase as competence is achieved. Typical first year apprentice wages equal 75% of a fully skilled worker wage.

How Is Apprenticeship Different From Other Types Of Work-Based Training?2020-09-29T11:47:05-04:00

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.

Apprentices take classes while they are working, combining theoretical and hands-on learning. At the end of the apprenticeship, apprentices earn industry-recognized certifications and a nationally recognized credential from the U.S. Department of Labor.

How Long Are Registered Apprenticeship Programs?2020-09-29T11:46:36-04:00

Typically 12 or 18 months.

What Are The Basic Program Components of Registered Apprenticeship?2020-09-29T11:45:29-04:00

There are five components to a typical registered apprenticeship program. These include:

  • Business Involvement Employers are the foundation of every apprenticeship program. They play an active role in building the program and remain involved in every step of the way. Employers frequently work together through apprenticeship councils, industry associations, or other partnerships to share the administrative tasks involved in maintaining apprenticeship programs.
  • Structured On-the-Job Training Apprenticeships include an on-the-job training (OJT) component. Apprentices receive hands-on training from an experienced mentor at the employer’s location. OJT focuses on the skills and knowledge an apprentice must learn during the program to be fully proficient on the job. This training is based on national industry standards, customized to the needs of the particular employer.
  • Related Instruction One of the unique aspects of an apprenticeship program is that it combines on-the-job learning with related instruction on the technical and academic competencies that apply to the job. Education partners collaborate with employers to develop the curriculum, which often incorporates established national-level skill standards. The related instruction may be provided by community colleges, technical schools, or apprenticeship training schools – or by the business itself. It can be delivered at a school, online, or at the employer’s location.
  • Rewards for Skill Gains Apprentices receive wages when they begin work, and receive pay increases as they meet benchmarks for skill attainment. This helps reward and motivate apprentices as they advance through their training.
  • Nationally-Recognized Credential Every graduate of a Registered Apprenticeship program receives a nationally-recognized credential. This is a portable credential that signifies to employers that apprentices are fully qualified for the job.
Is An Apprenticeship A Job?2020-09-30T10:09:56-04:00

Yes, an apprenticeship is a job. Apprentices start working when they enter an apprenticeship, with steady wage increases as they become more proficient.


What is an Apprenticeship?2020-09-29T11:34:16-04:00

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.

Why Would I Want to Consider an Apprenticeship?2020-09-29T11:43:59-04:00

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
  • Enjoying the support of mentors, peers, and educators
  • Establishing a rewarding career path
What Education Does an Apprentice Receive?2020-09-30T10:09:07-04:00

During an apprenticeship, you will receive structured, on-the-job training. You will also receive job-related technical and professional skills training. that is delivered via instructor-led live online, self-paced online, in a classroom or through a combination of methods. Franklin Apprenticeships provides each apprentice with a personal Success Coach to manage and monitor your accomplishments and goals.

Can I Earn Credentials and/or a Degree During My Apprenticeship?2020-09-29T11:43:06-04:00

Yes. Apprentices can earn industry-recognized credentials and can receive college credits that towards an associate or bachelor’s degree.

How Do Apprenticeships Differ from Internships?2020-09-30T10:10:37-04:00

While both programs offer hands-on learning, there are vast differences between an internship and an apprenticeship.  Internships are short-term and often a competitive bonus to college grads looking for a job and but an apprenticeship is longer-term commitment with training and a job. And, 91% of apprentices stay with their employers after program completion. Plus, apprentices earn a “living wage”, which is often significantly more than interns.

Apprenticeships are available in technology roles, including Help Desk Technician Level 1, Network Engineer, Enterprise Computing Application Developer and Enterprise Computing System Administrator. Coming soon: Software Developer, Robotics Technician Level II and III, Data Analyst, Cybersecurity Analyst.

What is the Average Starting Wage for Apprentices? What About Working Hours, Raises, Benefits and Vacation Time?2020-09-29T11:42:22-04:00

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 and earn additional certifications. Apprentices begin their apprenticeships as full-time, W-2 employees. Actual working hours are determined by your employer but a 40-hour week is typical during regular business hours. As a full-time employee, you are entitled to the employer’s standard vacation/PTO and benefits package.

Who Can Apply for an Apprenticeship?2020-09-29T11:41:53-04:00

We welcome recent grads, career changers, military veterans, or those returning to the workforce after time away. All ages and experiences are encouraged to apply. There is no upper age limit. A high school degree or GED is required. Two- and four-year degrees are also welcomed. We include all backgrounds in our program.

What Types Of Apprenticeships Are Available?2020-09-29T11:41:06-04:00

Apprenticeships are available in technology roles, including Help Desk Technician Level 1 and Network Engineer. Coming soon: Software Developer, Robotics, Data Analyst, Cyber Analyst.

What Time of the Year Can I Start, and How Long Does it Take?2020-09-29T11:40:43-04:00

Apply for open positions at any time of the year. We start new hires and new classroom training every month. Generally, apprenticeships last 12 to 18 months.

Do I Have To Pay To Become An Apprentice?2020-09-29T11:40:22-04:00

These programs are all free to you. All training and support costs are paid for by the employer.

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