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Apprenticeships

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is an apprenticeship?
All apprenticeships require a minimum of 144 hours of classroom instruction and 2000 hours of On-the-Job Learning.  Classroom hours will vary based on the program.  On-the-Job Learning offers apprentices the opportunity to apply what they are learning to their work.   

How long will I have to work for the employer?
Most apprenticeships are 2000 hours of On-the-Job Learning equates to about one year.  The On-the-Job Learning will be under the direction of the apprentice’s mentor and/or supervisor.

What is the cost of the apprenticeship?
The cost of the training will be primarily covered by the grant if accepted into the apprenticeship program.  There may be limited expenses depending on the program in which you enroll and the employer.

Is there a background check?
Some programs require a background check.  

Do I have to take a drug test?
Some programs require a drug test.  

Do I have to sign a contract?
An apprenticeship contract is required to participate in the program.  You will have to provide your social security number to be eligible for funding.  

Will I get paid for hours spent in the classroom?
An apprentice may or may not be paid for hours spent in the classroom, depending on the policy of the employer.   

How are the programs structured?
Dependent on the program, there will be in-person classroom instruction and/or online instruction.

What hours will I be going to school?
Classes are varied based on the cohort. The majority of learning will be online.

Where will I be working?
This is dependent on the employer and the program.

What is the pay rate?
Apprenticeship programs must pay apprentices at least the applicable Federal, state, or local minimum wage.   Apprentices will be made aware of wage progression in the Apprenticeship Agreement.  

Is there potential for advancement?
Based on your performance and passing of certifications, you may be able to gain mobility in the industry.

What if English is not my first language?
You may consider taking the ESL courses offered at Rowan College of South Jersey. In addition, there may be other resources available. 

            Gloucester Campus: Joseph Spencer- jspence2@rcsj.edu
            Cumberland Campus: Patty Gilmore- pgilmore@rcsj.edu

How can I ensure that I will be successful?
Each apprentice will have a Success Coach at the college who will be your resource during your entire journey.  You will also be assigned a Mentor who will guide and direct you as you learn at your place of employment.  

What will I earn upon completion?
Each apprentice will be awarded a Registered Apprenticeship Certificate by the US Department of Labor.  You may also be able to earn additional industry-recognized, nationally portable credentials.  Depending on the program, you will be qualified to sit for any relevant exams for certifications and/or licenses -all in addition to paid work
experience.

What if I already have a certificate or license in the manufacturing profession?
You may be awarded advanced standing for any certificates or licenses you have already earned related to your chosen apprenticeship.  You have the opportunity to keep learning, further your education, expand your skills set and earn additional credentials in the manufacturing field.

Should I be concerned for my safety?
Apprenticeship programs must have policies and procedures in place to ensure a safe working environment.  

Where can I learn more about apprenticeships?
https://njbmagazine.com/monthly-articles/the-state-of-apprenticeships/

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