What is apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is an employer-based program that helps workers learn specialized skills needed in today’s work environment, combining on-the-job learning with related classroom instruction. Students earn nationally recognized credentials, while employers develop a talented team and close the skills gap. While many people start apprenticeships immediately after graduating from high school, they may also work well for veterans leaving active-duty military service, those looking to change careers, or people whose jobs are being replaced by technology. Here at Carteret Community College, our goal is to help connect and support employers and apprentices.
Today’s apprenticeships cover a wide range of industries and occupations. Large and small companies across North Carolina and around the world use apprenticeship to train their employees and build a skilled workforce. NC companies using the apprenticeship model include CVS, Siemens, GSK, Atrium Health, Machine Specialties Inc., and hundreds of others.
Just some of the apprenticeship opportunities offered by employers in North Carolina include those listed below, though there are many others:
Carteret Community College currently has employers with apprenticeships that include:
We are adding new employers all the time, so please let us know what type of opportunities interest you by contacting Jerome Shepard, Director of Business and Industry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Types of apprenticeship
There are several types of apprenticeships:
The word internship is often mistakenly used in place of apprenticeship. They are not the same. Internships are typically short-term offerings that allow students to explore occupations. Employers offering internships often do not have structured training in place or positions to offer interns upon completion of their internship. Interns also do not receive nationally recognized credentials upon completing the internship.
Benefits of apprenticeship
Both employers and apprentices benefit from a formal apprenticeship program. Apprenticeships offer students paid work-based learning and associated classroom learning as they earn nationally recognized credentials. Employers benefit with a well-trained workforce, improved loyalty, and reduced turnover. Learn more about the benefits for students and employers.
The role of your local community college
Community colleges work with local employers to customize classroom training to meet employer needs and supplement work-based learning. This collaborative effort enables employers to train employees to fill specific roles. Your local community college may:
Still have questions? Don’t worry, a Carteret CC staff member is on standby to help you navigate your way through the apprenticeship program. Just send an email to Jerome Shepard, Director of Business and Industry at email@example.com.