How do I prepare myself to qualify for an apprenticeship?
If you are a student, your teachers or counselors will be able to help you select courses in preparing for apprenticeship. With them, you can plan your schoolwork in order to get the basic skills -- mathematics, reading comprehension and knowledge of basic science -- necessary to be successful in an apprenticeable profession.
If you are employed and seeking advancement, are unemployed or are a dislocated worker, a visit to a Workforce Center in your locale for further employment opportunities -- including apprenticeship occupations -- will assist you in your search for a high-skill, high-wage occupation. Apprenticeship training requires a commitment by both the employer and the apprentice. The employer commits to providing the work experience and the wages for learning the occupation; the apprentice commits to learning the occupation and becoming a valued employee who contributes to the overall strength of the company.
In most instances, a great deal of time is required to prepare someone for a long-lasting career. Therefore, completing an apprenticeship can be as financially and personally rewarding as completing a four-year degree program.
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Remember, your successful search for a skilled occupation today can lead to a secure and rewarding future.
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