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What are pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships? When is an individual ready for a pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship?

Pre-apprenticeship programs are designed to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in Registered Apprenticeship programs. These programs include documented partnership with at least one Registered Apprenticeship program sponsor.

Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality training option that enables employers to develop and prepare their future workforce.  Apprenticeship is a learn and earn model that provides individuals with an opportunity to obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and earn a portable, nationally-recognized credential.

When is a student prepared for pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship?

Pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships can be incorporated as early as high school. While some pre-apprenticeship coursework may be valuable to students who are still in the exploration phase, apprenticeships are intended for those who have made a committed decision to a specific career or trade.

What are the benefits of pre-apprenticeships/ apprenticeships?

Pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship provide an opportunity for individuals to receive training and paid experience in a career. Upon completion, apprentices receive a nationally recognized journey card or certificate of completion.

How can Talent Link help?

Talent Link staff work with apprenticeship programs sponsored by Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, and programs developed through IowaWORKS. They can support and advise students who are considering apprentice training and direct them to appropriate resources and contacts.