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  • A registered apprenticeship is a combination of classroom and on-the-job training that prepares a person for a U.S. Dept. of Labor job title.
  • Apprentices take college classes at a community college while working with a mentor on the job to learn a checklist of skills applicable to their job. Every job title requires a certain number of classroom hours and a certain number of on the job training hours.
  • In addition to paying the apprentice an hourly wage, the employer also pays for the tuition, books, supplies, and fees for the apprentices’ college classes.


  • Apprentices typically work 32 hours per week while going to college taking 8-10 semester hours. The pay increases as the apprentice is signed off on job skills. Starting pay is typically $9-$12 per hour and end pay is typically $10-$24 per hour.
  • Pathways currently available are in Advanced Manufacturing, Paramedic Medicine, and Medical.
  • With input from the member company, Gaston College will deliver related instruction that is relevant to the apprenticeable occupation.
  • Gaston College will operate the Apprenticeship Program in accordance with the North Carolina Standards of Apprenticeship.

Interested in becoming a member company with Apprenticeship 321? 

Please contact:
Joy Morrow
Director, Apprenticeship 321 & Work-based Learning