How Apprenticeships Work

Apprenticeship combines on-the-job training and related classroom instruction. Hands-on and theoretical training prepares workers for highly skilled and specialized occupations. 

Apprenticeship programs are sponsored by individual employer and/or employer associations, or by joint employer and labor groups. Participants should be employed full time by an apprenticeship sponsor while still attending classes. 

Receive Nationally-Recognized Credentials!

Students who successfully complete the Contren® Learning Series through an accredited training sponsor will receive industry-recognized credentials. Students completing coursework combined with on-the-job training through a registered apprenticeship program will receive Journeyman credentials. 

  • Carpentry Apprenticeship
  • Electrical Apprenticeship
  • HVAC Apprenticeship
  • Plumbing and Pipefitting Apprenticeship
  • Welding Apprenticeship


The NC Triangle Apprenticeship Program gives high school seniors the opportunity to work as apprentices with a company, and then earn a college degree while continuing their apprenticeship. Visit for more information.

For more information about joining an apprenticeship program, contact: Michael Moore at [email protected] or 919-335-1043.

In the news

WRAL TechWire Article, July 25, 2018

Apprenticeship program gives trade and skilled workers a leg up. 

Wake Tech Career Focus Article, Spring 2019

The Ultimate Win-Win: Apprenticeships Benefit Students and Employers