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Apprenticeship is a system of training for a specific trade or profession with on-the-job training and some classroom work.  Apprenticeship programs also enable qualified individuals to earn a license to practice in a regulated profession.  Most of their training is done through an employer who helps the apprentice learn the trade.  In exchange, the apprentice agrees to continue to work for that employer for a specified amount of time after successful completion of the apprentice program.

Apprentice programs typically last 3-6 years.

The United States Department of Labor has additional information and resources about apprentice programs.  Please visit for more information.