What is an Apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a program in which you learn a skilled trade while earning income in the field while you are training, often refered to as an “earn-and-learn” model. Most apprenticeship programs offer training that is attached to either a certificate or technical degree.
Is an apprenticeship right for you?
“Are you a student in high school planning your future? Are you out of high school and looking for a new direction? Or, do you have a job and are looking for a different career? Discover if the Apprenticeship Advantage is for you.” Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Steps to become an apprentice: the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
The simplest method to find a program and apply is as follows:
“Most programs accept applications on a regular basis. To find out for certain whether or not a program is accepting applications, you need to contact them directly.”
“To find Active Apprenticeship Programs, we recommend you use our "Programs by County," not "By Occupation" as some programs have different names for the same or similar occupation.”
Go to our online Apprentice Registration and Tracking System (ARTS) and run a Report of “Programs by County” for the county where you are living or working. This report will show you all the programs that cover the specified county, sorted by occupation with the name of the program next to it.
Go through the entire list and select the appropriate program(s) which will give you the contact information for that program.
Contact the program to inquire if they are accepting applications.
If the program is accepting applications, follow their directions for applying.
Once you have applied and are accepted into the program, the program will then register you with Labor & Industries as a registered apprentice. Please note that if you're accepted into an occupation which has Licensing/Certification requirements in Washington State, you will need to get the appropriate license or trainee card from the appropriate agency.
Washington state apprenticeship search engine
For a complete list of Washington state apprenticeship programs and to find out of apprenticeships might be right for you check out the websites:
For any questions about apprenticeships contact our local apprenticeship consultant.
WA. State Labor & Industries
For Students in High School
AJAC: Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee
“AJAC currently operates two registered Youth Apprenticeship programs. Both the Production Technician (Youth) and Automation Technician (Youth) are 2,000 hour programs designed for high school juniors and seniors to develop career-ready skills in the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries. These apprenticeship programs combine paid on-the-job training at an AJAC employer and college-level classroom instruction which can lead to a high school diploma, journey-level card and short-term college certificate.” In Whatcom County AJAC currently serves students from Bellingham School District and Mount Baker School District
The Northwest Career & Technical Academy
For high school students considering careers in Aerospace Manufacturing, Animal Care and Handling, Applied Medical Sciences, Automotive Services, Aviation Technology, Construction –Skilled Trades, Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement, Culinary Arts, Dental Assisting, Drone and ROV Automation, Fire Science & EMS, Marine Services, Medical Careers, Money & Business, Veterinary Assisting, Video Game Development, and Welding check out The Northwest Career & Technical Academy at https://www.nwtech.k12.wa.us/.
“The Northwest Career & Technical Academy is an extension of your high school where innovative educational opportunities are available. Programs offered will provide you with the skills, knowledge, and professional leadership training necessary for the workplace or continuing education through an apprenticeship, community college, or university. The Academy is tuition free for high school students; however, some programs may have industry related costs/lab fees. Please see the Academy Catalog for full course descriptions, course requirements, high school credit equivalencies, and college credits. Apply online at nwtech.k12.wa.us!”
Phone: (360) 848-0706
Construction Center of Excellence
Visiting the Construction Center of excellence website gives an in-depth look into all the construction trades, what they are, how much they pay and highlights apprenticeship opportunities in our state. This is a tool you may find helpful if you are interested in pursuing a career in the construction trades.
“The dashboards below provide an interactive online platform to explore construction-related data about apprenticeship, pre-apprenticeship, and education and training programs in Washington State. Additionally the dashboard explores current and forecasted employment that can be filtered by trade group, WDA region, median wage, and education requirements. Explore different pathways and learn about different opportunities for each trade.”
Local Apprenticeship Opportunities
Northwest Carpenters Institute (NWCI): Carpenter, Millwright, Pile driver, Interior Systems Carpenter, Scaffold Erector, Drywall Finisher/Taper, Trade Show Specialist, https://www.nwci.org/apprenticeship/
Carpenter’s Training Center
401 E Hickox RD Mount Vernon WA
Email: Greg Brady email@example.com.
Construction Industry Training Council of WA (CITC): Carpentry, Electrical: 01 Commercial Inside Wireman, Electrical: 02 Residential Wireman Program, Electrical: 06 Low Energy/Sound & Communication Technician Program, Heavy Equipment Operators (HEO) Program, HVAC Program, Construction Craft Laborers Program, Painting Program, Plumbing Program, Sheet Metal Program
construction Apprenticeship Prep Programs
ANEW Pre-Apprenticeship Training Partnered with WorkSource
ANEW offers pre-apprenticeship programs, employment navigation and financial support for individuals who desire a family wage career in construction.
Pre-apprenticeship is an intensive, short term training program designed to provide industry approved certifications in multiple skills areas. These certifications provide a start from which to add other stackable credentials earned on the job or through a return to short term training at appropriate points on a career pathway. Individuals that participate in pre-apprenticeships move quicker into entry level jobs in manufacturing and construction settings. In addition, a pre-apprenticeship provides a solid pathway to apprenticeship opportunities.
Pre-apprenticeship classes partnered with ANEW have been provided by the Northwest Workforce Council for the last few years. Contact your local Northwest WorkSource Center to find out more.
TERO Vocational Training Center
TVTC Serves Native Americans and their Non-Native Spouses and Parents
Family Career Navigator: Lisa Telford 360-716-4760
Program Coordinator: Lynne Bansemer 360-716-4746
11224 34th St. NE Bldg. 16-368 Tulalip, Washington 98271
TVTC Serves Native Americans and their Non-Native Spouses and Parents
Pacific NW IronWorkers and Employers Apprenticeship - 86.
Ironworkers erect the structural framework for high rise buildings, bridges, power plants and towers. They also place reinforcing steel in concrete forms for roadways, foundations and structures. Welding, ornamental, rigging and machinery moving are also a part of this trade.
Pam Hudgins, Office Manager
North End Dispatch Facility
17406 State Rt 536 (Memorial Hwy)
Mt Vernon, WA 98273
Journeyman and Apprentice Electricians
Northwest Washington Electrical Industry Joint Apprentice and Training Committee
Northwest Laborers Apprenticeship Committee (71).
Construction, Environmental, Heavy Civil / Highway, Safety.
27055 Ohio Avenue, Kingston, WA.
Phone: (360) 297-3035
Northwest Washington Pipe Trades Apprenticeship Committee (94)
Plumbers, Pipefitters, Service techs, Steam Fitters, Sprinklerfitters, HVAC/Refrigeration Mechanic, & Marine Pipefitters.
Counties: Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Whatcom
Ryan Santeford, Coordinator
780 Chrysler Drive, Burlington, WA
Phone: (360) 486-9403, (360) 486-9441
Public School Classified Employee Apprenticeship program
Washington Public School Classified Employees Apprenticeship
The JATC is working with the Washington State Paraeducator Board and the Board for Community and Technical Colleges to recognize apprenticeship as one pathway to meet the new Paraeducator requirements. This program trains workers to become an Accounts Payable Clerk, Administrative Assistant, Child Care Assistant/Associate I, Child Care Site Coordinator/Associate II, Educational Paraprofessional, Facilities Custodial Services Technician I, Facilities Custodial Services Technician II, Food Service Assistant, Food Service Manager, Food Service Technician, Instructional Assistant, Library Technician, Payroll Clerk, School Computer Technician I, II, and III, School Health Technician, Secretary (Clerical).
PSE Field Representative in Mount Vernon
Phone: (360) 755-3295
Sheet Metal Workers
Western Washington Sheet Metal JATC
“The JATC is a registered non-profit joint labor-management training trust between the Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #66 and Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association – Western Washington. We currently have approved training programs in four occupations: sheet metal worker, HVAC service technician, HVAC testing, adjusting and balancing (TAB) technician and residential sheet metal worker.
Everett Training Center
11831 Beverly Park Road B-1, Everett, WA 98204
Phone (425) 438-1406 | Fax (425) 438-1936