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What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a relationship between an employer and employee during which the worker or apprentice learn a trade. The training lasts a specified length of time. An apprenticeship covers all aspects of the trade and includes both on-the-job training and related instruction. 

Before becoming an apprentice, you must follow these steps:

  • Apprentices must be enrolled or have taken their theory. This is mandatory in completing the full apprenticeship program.

  • Contact an employer or person in your field of interest who will agree to employ you as an apprentice (Training must be one-on-one.)

  • To register as an apprentice by having the employer call an Apprenticeship Field Representative at the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, Division of Apprenticeship at 804-371-3104 or the US Department of Labor & Industry Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training at 804-771-2488.

  • Search for a sponsor in your area: click here 

  • All apprentice must follow registered apprentice policy's and procedures as well as the policy and procedures of your selected sponsor. 

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