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Apprenticeship includes:


  • Paid Job
    Apprentices are paid employees who produce high-quality work while they learn skills that enhance their employers’ needs.

  • On-the-Job Learning
    Develops skilled workers through structured learning in a work setting.

  • Classroom Learning
    Improves job-related skills through education in a classroom setting (virtual or in-person).

  • Mentorship
    Provides apprentices with the support of a skilled worker to assist and enhance critical hands-on learning.

  • Credentials
    Offers a portable, nationally-recognized credential to be issued at the completion of the program.


How does an apprenticeship benefit employers?
Building an apprenticeship with your business has many advantages including:


  • Highly-Skilled Workforce
    Recruit and develop a highly-skilled workforce that helps you grow your business. On-the-job training along with job-related educational instruction gives employees a full understanding of their job. Employees clearly see the impact their actions have on such important measures as productivity, quality, safety, and customer service.

  • Customizable and Standardized Training
    Create flexible training options that ensure workers develop the right skills. Employers have an opportunity to build a structured, consistent training program that ensures reliable workforce performance that meets both organizational and industry standards.
  • Reduce Turnover
    Employees brought up in your company are more likely to stay with you.

  • Increase Productivity
    As apprenticeship participants hone their skills, they have a deeper understanding of their job and use this knowledge to best meet the business needs of your organization, this boosts higher quality levels and productivity.

  • Earn a Return on Your Investment
    Improve productivity, profitability, and your bottom line. Registered apprenticeship ensures a system structured to successfully facilitate the transfer of knowledge from experienced employees to new recruits. With a highly-skilled workforce, your production increases making your company more competitive and in return means more profit.


Many of the nation’s most recognizable companies—such as Microsoft, Amazon, CVS Pharmacy, and UPS—have found success in offering an apprenticeship program.

Types of apprenticeship programs

There are two types of apprenticeship programs available. Each program enhances your apprenticeship with high-quality standards, rigor, and additional benefits.

  • Time-Based Apprenticeship Programs
    Apprentices complete a required number of hours in on-the-job training and related instruction.

  • Competency-Based Apprenticeship Programs
    Progress at their own pace - they demonstrate competency in skills and knowledge through proficiency tests. The apprentice is also placed through related instruction.

Quick-Start Toolkit

This toolkit provides helpful steps and resources to start and register an apprenticeship program, from exploring the apprenticeship model as a workforce strategy to launching a new program.

Click here to download the Quick-Start Toolkit


Looking to become an apprentice?


Career seekers can find apprenticeships in industries such as information technology, finance and business, healthcare, hospitality, transportation, and manufacturing. More than 90 percent of apprentices remain employed after completing their program, and their average starting wage is more than $60,000. Over their careers, apprentices earn $300,000 more than workers who did not complete an apprenticeship. In apprenticeship, you earn a paycheck from day one with guaranteed raises as your skill level increases. You will learn your trade through hands-on learning, coupled with classroom instruction. An apprenticeship helps you to realize your career goals by providing a great salary and long-term career opportunities.

  • Apprenticeship is post-secondary education like college or university but the big difference is while you are learning a highly skilled trade, you are also earning a good wage.

  • Depending on the trade, an apprenticeship can take one to five years to complete.

  • Apprentices earn a nationally-recognized completion certificate upon successful completion of the training.


What's My Next Step?

Are you interested in starting an apprenticeship with your business or becoming an apprentice? Contact New Mexico Workforce Connection Southwestern Area's Business Apprenticeship Representative by clicking on the following link and completing a  contact form.

Click here to contact our Business Apprenticeship Representative



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Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce. Individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally-recognized credential. A flexible training model, apprenticeships can be customized to meet the needs of each business putting your company’s need for a skilled workforce in your hands. Apprentice training is a perfect blend of training coupled with work and productivity. Train the kind of employees you want working for you and put employees’ skills and knowledge into practice immediately.

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