What are pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships?

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

Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway that enables individuals to obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally-recognized credential.  Upon completion, apprentices received a nationally recognized journey card or certificate of completion. Apprenticeships are often associated with the Building Trades but can apply to almost any skilled career.

Am I ready for a 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 Being an Apprentice?

  • Learn high demand skills
  • Earn while you learn
  • Guaranteed wage increases as you build your skills
  • Training is recognized industry-wide
  • Most apprentice coursework can translate into a college credential/degree, or provide credits toward a degree

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.

Information for students considering pre-apprentices/apprentices

Typically, in order to participate in an apprenticeship, students must be hired or sponsored by a company that participates in registered apprenticeship. 

I Am Interested! What Now?

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Please note that individuals are selected by the employer to become apprentices. Typically, this happens after 6 months to a year on the job. In some rare cases, employers will make a new hire with the intent of putting them through apprenticeship training.

In order to participate in the apprenticeships listed through area companies, you will need to apply for employment with companies you are interested in.

If you do not have the basic skills the employers will require, consider taking a short-term certificate at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges or Black Hawk Community College.