Apprenticeships

  • What is an apprenticeship?

    An apprenticeship is a relationship between an employer and employee during which the worker or apprentice learn a trade. The training lasts a specified length of time. An apprenticeship covers all aspects of the trade and includes both on-the-job training and related instruction. 

    Before becoming an apprentice, you must follow these steps:

    • Contact an employer or person in your field of interest who will agree to employ you as an apprentice (Training must be one-on-one.)
    • To register as an apprentice by having the employer call an Apprenticeship Field Representative at the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, Division of Apprenticeship at 804-371-3104 or the US Department of Labor & Industry Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training at 804-771-2488.

    Where does one apply for apprenticeship?

    An application may be obtained from the employer, local  labor unions for the trade desired, or a joint apprenticeship committee member. Additional information regarding programs and employers accepting applications may be obtained from any of the following:

    U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training
    The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, Division of Apprenticeship Offices