We’re here to help! Becoming an apprentice is a big commitment, and we have resources to assist you every step of the way. Answers to FAQ for apprentices in New Hampshire are below, and if you have other questions, contact us today.
Q. What is apprenticeship, and is it a real job?
Yes, an apprenticeship is a real job! It’s also a work-based training program that includes an educational or classroom instruction component, and a hands-on, paid job training component. As an ApprenticeshipNH apprentice, you’ll be hired from day one by a NH employer.
Q. What jobs can I apprentice in?
Through the ApprenticeshipNH program, you can be a registered apprentice in advanced manufacturing, healthcare, and IT – rapidly growing sectors of the NH economy with a current or projected shortage of good, skilled workers.
Q. How long does it take to complete an apprenticeship?
Each apprenticeship is unique because it is based on different factors, such as the occupation, industry, and training requirements. However, at a minimum, an apprenticeship requires 144 hours of classroom learning (or 18 8-hour days, for reference) and 2,000 hours (or 50 weeks) of paid, on-the-job training. Programs typically take anywhere from one year to six years to complete.
Q. How much money will I make?
Apprentices earn competitive wages, and from day one of the apprenticeship will receive a paycheck as well as incremental wage increases as skill levels increase. In many instances, apprentices earn up to $60,000 a year upon completing an apprenticeship.
Q. Where will the classroom instruction take place?
You’ll take classes at the Community College System of New Hampshire campus closest to you or your employer, or the employer involved in the training. In some situations, the college may provide the instruction on-site at your employer, or in a traditional classroom setting on campus.
Q. Can I earn college credit for participating in an apprenticeship program?
Most of our programs are non-credit; however, we are working on building programs that can offer apprentices college credit. Contact us to learn more.
Q. Do I get paid for my training time?
Many employers will pay their apprentices for the time they spend in class. Additionally, you’ll receive wages for your training on-the-job while you earn as you learn.
Q. How do I qualify? What if I don’t have any previous experience?
Registered Apprenticeship is for everyone! The only criteria are that you must be at least 18 years old to apply and must be able to physically perform the essential functions of the occupation such as lifting, sitting, walking, standing, etc. Some employers may require some form of pre-employment screening. No previous work experience or education is required.
Q. If I apply, am I guaranteed a job?
Registered Apprenticeship is employer-driven, which means that companies have the final say on who they hire for an apprenticeship. Therefore, the application and selection process can be competitive. If you need help creating a resume or filling out an application, please contact us so that we can assist you.
Q. What employers are interested?
We’re lucky to work with a great cross section of companies in IT, healthcare, and advanced manufacturing. Check out our current job openings to learn more about what employers are currently hiring apprentices through our program.