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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?

Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction of a highly skilled occupation.  Depending on the trade, an apprenticeship program is between 1 – 4 years.


An apprentice must receive 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and a minimum of 144 hours of classroom instruction each year of their apprenticeship program.

How to Become a Registered Apprentice?
Registration is open to all students who are working with a licensed professional in their field of study.  The employer is responsible for registering apprentices with U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), Office of Apprenticeship.  Hunterdon/Somerset County employers can contact USDOL Representative Chris Lee at


Apprenticeship Certificate of Completion
At successful completion of an apprenticeship, apprentices are eligible to receive a portable credential from the U. S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship.


How to Get a Trade License?
Programs such as electrical, plumbing & HVAC offer licensure opportunities.  For New Jersey licensing information, visit

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 or an online assignment.

Virtual model –

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

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.

  • Hunterdon/Somerset County employers can contact USDOL Representative Chris Lee  at

Below are Apprenticeship Related Instruction Courses offered at HCVSD?

Electrical Occupational Profile 
Heavy Equipment Operator Occupational Profile
Plumbing Occupational Profile
Veterinary Assistant Occupation Profile

YTTW 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 YTTW 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,


Apprenticeships Links:

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