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Prepare For a Career - Not Just a Job

No matter what your interests are, apprenticeships are an alternate education path to finding a career while allowing students to “earn while they learn” with little or no educational debt. 

What is Apprenticeship?

It is a formal system of learning and practicing a trade to earn a portable nationally recognized credential, the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship Certificate of Completion.

  • A registered apprenticeship program consists of On-the Job Learning (OJL) and Related Training Instruction (RTI). 

  • Apprenticeships can take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on the trade.

  • The United States Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship, is the registering agency of apprentices in New Jersey.

  • Once the required OJL and RTI hours are earned, the apprentice will receive a USDOL Office of Apprenticeship Certificate of Completion.


On-the Job Learning (OJL)

  • An apprentice is a full-time paid employee of the sponsoring business.  As the apprentice hits milestones such as completing a certain number of program hours or demonstrating job competencies, their wages increase according to the agreement signed by the employer and the apprentice at the beginning of the program.

  • An apprenticeship program includes a minimum of at least 2,000 hours of OJL per year.

  • The sponsoring organization is responsible for registering their apprenticeship program and the apprentice with the US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship.


Related Technical Instruction (RTI)

  • RTI is the hours spent receiving trade-related instruction, minimum of 144 hours of training each year is required.

  • Apprentices complete a sequence of classes to fulfill the minimum requirements. 


What does the Adult & Continuing Education Apprenticeship related instruction courses look like?

Some programs use a hybrid learning model of face-to-face instruction along with an online component, while other programs are 100% virtual.

Hybrid model –

  • Attend in-person class one night a week along with participating in a weekly “live” virtual class meetings over Zoom and/or Google Meets or completion of an online assignment.

  • Completion of online assignments/quizzes by the assigned due date.

Virtual model –

  • Attend “live” virtual class meetings over Zoom and/or Google Meets.

  • Completion of online assignment/quizzes by the assigned due date.

Notice to Employers

You can enroll your employees in apprenticeship training!

  • There are no fees to start an apprenticeship program and to register an employee with the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship.

Below are Apprenticeship Related Instruction Courses offered at HCVSD?

Certified Nurse Aide Occupational Profile
Electrical Occupational Profile 
Heavy Equipment Operator Occupational Profile
HVAC Occupational Profile 
Plumbing Occupational Profile
Veterinary Assistant Occupation Profile

Youth Apprenticeship

Your future, your choice, GET PAID while gaining relevant work experience.  Youth Apprenticeships are unique opportunities for juniors and seniors to start preparing for their career path while still in high school.  They combine school-based learning with real on-the-job training with an employer. Students will earn a paycheck while exploring an exciting career and gaining valuable hands-on skills.

Polytech High School Youth Apprenticeship includes culinary. 


Benefits of Youth Apprenticeships

  • Create a link between high school and post-secondary options

  • Gain marketable industry skills

For more information, contact Cynthia Douglass,


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