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
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
What hours will I be going to school?
Classes are varied based on the cohort. The majority of learning will be
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
Cumberland Campus: Patty
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
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
What if I already have a certificate or license in the manufacturing
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?