WHAT IS APPRENTICESHIP?
- 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, and fees for the apprentices’ college classes.
WHAT CAN EMPLOYERS EXPECT?
- 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 $10-$12 per hour and end pay is typically $18-$20 per hour.
- Four programs are currently available with two additional programs* set to begin Fall, 2016:
- Industrial Maintenance Mechanic (4,000 hours)
- Machine Set-up Operator (4,000 hours)
- Chemical Operator III (6,000 hours)
- Tool Set-up Operator (6,000 hours)
- Mechatronics Technician (8,000 hours)
- Tool & Die Maker (8,000 hours )
- 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 and will provide to the company a copy of the standards as approved for Apprenticeship 321.
Interested in becoming a member company with Apprenticeship 321?
Continuing Education Program Specialist