What is an apprenticeship program?

An apprenticeship program is an employer-driven program that provides apprentices with on-the-job training (often with the guidance of a mentor) and virtual or classroom instruction. Training and instruction are focused on helping the apprentice master skills needed to succeed in a specific occupation. Individuals enrolled in apprenticeships are paid a competitive wage while they learn and gain credentials to support their success in the workplace. Ninety-four percent of apprentices who complete an apprenticeship retain employment, with an average annual salary of $70,000.

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What is an inclusive apprenticeship program?

An inclusive apprenticeship program is an apprenticeship program designed to be accessible to and inclusive of all candidates, including people with disabilities. Inclusive apprenticeship programs widen the talent pool and provide opportunities for people with disabilities, including individuals with cognitive, neurological, physical, mental health, and sensory disabilities, to gain credentials and skills to succeed in their desired careers. 

What is the difference between an internship or externship and an apprenticeship?

Internships and externships are often less structured and shorter than apprenticeships, typically lasting 1-3 months). Participants often gain a broad set of skills for entry-level positions that are not necessarily tied to one industry or career. Interns and externs are commonly unpaid or receive a small stipend and/or college credit and do not always offer mentorship. These programs are less likely than apprenticeships to result in a debt-free college degree, full-time employment, or an industry-recognized credential. (Apprenticeship.gov).