Post Content

Engineer & Student Review PlansThrough the Massachusetts Apprenticeship Program, workers have the opportunity to receive paid on-the-job training in combination with related in-class coaching.

The program is administered by the Division of Apprentice Standards (DAS), an agency under the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD).

About the Apprenticeship Program

According to the DAS Apprentice Handbook, apprenticeship in the Commonwealth dates back to the 1600s, when people were trained for positions in trades including blacksmithing and silversmithing. Today, apprentices earn wages while learning on the job under the supervision of a mentor.

Occupations with apprentices are available in a range of industries, with 452 employment locations registered in Massachusetts. Residents can apprentice to be a firefighter, a computer operator, or a cook. Many apprentice opportunities — including as electricians and plumbers — are also available with Massachusetts construction labor unions.

Depending on the trade, apprenticeships can last anywhere from 2 to 5 years. Most apprenticeships consist of at least 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and 150 hours of classroom instruction per year.

Requirements

Eligibility requirements and apprentice policies vary based on the specific apprenticeship and sponsor. In general, an apprentice must be at least 16 years old.

Apprentice Opportunities for Veterans

Massachusetts offers special benefits for veterans in apprenticeships. Veterans, reservists, and National Guard members who are employed in an apprenticeship program may be entitled to receive G.I. Bill payments in addition to wages earned through the apprenticeship. There are a number of veteran apprenticeship resources available to help individuals find occupations with apprentice opportunities.

Additional Information

  • Prospective apprentices are responsible for finding an apprenticeship and sponsor. DAS is not responsible for placing apprentices in jobs; the agency’s goal is to promote, regulate, and service registered apprenticeships across the Commonwealth.
  • DAS requires all apprentices to complete and submit the Apprentice Agreement form stating that they agree to the terms and work they are responsible for performing. The sponsor must also sign this form.
  • All apprentices are required to have an Apprentice ID Card. The fee is $35 and the card is valid for one year.

Find the apprentice program that’s right for you! Contact the appropriate DAS office staff member with any questions or for additional information.

Have questions or comments? Share below or tweet us @MassGov.

Written By:

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Recent Posts

Safe Toys and Gifts for Children posted on Dec 1

Safe Toys and Gifts for Children

Children love receiving gifts and presents year-round, and the excitement that comes from unwrapping a gift can fill a house with joy. While toys are meant to be fun and entertaining, they can pose several safety risks. In 2014 there were approximately 251,800 toy-related injuries,   …Continue Reading Safe Toys and Gifts for Children

Hurricane Preparedness: Be Ready Before the Storm posted on Jul 18

Hurricane Preparedness: Be Ready Before the Storm

This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). Governor Baker has proclaimed July 16–22, 2017 to be Hurricane Preparedness Week to underscore the Commonwealth’s vulnerability to tropical storms and hurricanes. Historically, the majority of tropical storms and hurricanes that have   …Continue Reading Hurricane Preparedness: Be Ready Before the Storm

Celebrate Independence Day in Massachusetts posted on Jun 22

Celebrate Independence Day in Massachusetts

As the state where the Boston Tea Party, Battle of Bunker Hill, and first shots of the American Revolution happened, Massachusetts is a special place to celebrate the 4th of July. Whether you’re looking for a free event for the family or a way to give back to America’s   …Continue Reading Celebrate Independence Day in Massachusetts