Become an Apprentice

An image of a carpentry apprentice.

Apprenticeships are jobs. You must apply directly to the employer or sponsor for acceptance into an apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship offers a path into technology, construction, healthcare, manufacturing and other industries for high potential candidates who need specific technical knowledge and experience required to access these careers. In some instances, apprenticeship is the only path to an occupational license.

What do I need to know to become an Apprentice?

Know the occupation

Apprenticeship is a 1-5 year commitment to prepare you for a specific occupation. Explore the career before making that commitment. Talk to people in this job, research the occupation online using Labor Market InformationO*Net Online or other career sites and make sure it is a good fit for you.

Know yourself

Apprenticeship is for people who:

  • Are ready to take on the responsibilities of a job
  • Like to learn by doing
  • Want their education to be relevant
  • Want or need to be financially self-supporting
  • Do not want to take on college debt
  • Are motivated to build mastery in their chosen career

Understand the apprenticeship program

Apprenticeship programs have core components, but every apprenticeship program will be different based on the occupation. Each Registered Apprenticeship program has Standards that outline the program and the sponsor (employer) is required to provide these to apprentices. There is also an Apprenticeship Agreement you will be asked to sign to become an apprentice. These documents will tell you:

  • What you will learn on the job
  • What related education is required and who will pay for it
  • When and where courses are offered
  • Is instruction paid or unpaid
  • How many hours of paid work can be expected in the first year
  • What is the wage progression schedule and how will progress be evaluated
  • How much college credit will be earned for the apprenticeship and is there a path to completing a college degree

Meet with a job coach to explore support

Applicants may be eligible for workforce development dollars for training, required tools and gear, or GI Education Benefits. To learn more about meeting with a job coach, visit our Career Centers page.

Stay on top of documentation

Once you are on the job, learn about how On-the-Job Learning and Education will be documented and be diligent about keeping records of your work hours and courses completed. It will be your job to provide transcripts for your completed education to your sponsor unless your sponsor is providing education in-house.

Find Apprenticeship Programs

Open Apprenticeship Opportunities

  • Carpenters Local #94 – New England Carpenter’s Training Fund

    Apprenticeship: To apply to the North Atlantic States Carpenters Training Fund apprenticeship program you must first attend an information session. Information sessions are held at 6:00pm the first Monday of every month in the Boston regional office at 750 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02125.

    *You do not need to pre-register and do not need to bring anything with you.*


  • IBEW 99 Apprenticeship: Applications are accepted 12 months a year. Exams are the First and Third Wednesdays of every month from 8:00am to 3:30pm. Click here for more information. Phone: (401) 946-9908
  • IUPAT 11 Apprenticeship: Accepting applications for apprentice Painter Decorator, Drywall Finisher (Taping), Industrial Painter, and Glaziers Applicants are welcomed to apply online at any time. The Finishing Trades Institute of Southern New England Inc.
  • Laborers Local 271 Trade: Construction Craft Laborer Apprenticeship: Applications accepted year round. Learn more here or by calling Apprenticeship Coordinator Joe Caparco at (508) 544-9830
  • Millwrights Local 1121 Trades: Machinist, Maintenance Mechanic, Precision Millwright, Wind Energy, Hydroelectric Apprenticeship: New applicants for apprenticeship are accepted the first and second Wednesday of each month at 10:00 AM at the training facility in Allston, MA. Please call 617-254-0042
  • Roofers Local #33 Trades: Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Apprenticeship: Applications are accepted till June 29, 2021 Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesdays From: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Call 781-341-9197 to Schedule Appointment
  • International Union of Operating Engineers Local 57
  • Local 37 Ironworkers
  • Heat and Frost Insulator
  • Elevator Constructor
  • Insulators
  • Iron Workers
  • Plumber and Pipefitter
  • Journeyman Lineman
  • Heavy Equipment Operators
  • Cook
  • Sprinklerfitters
  • Lawn Care Specialist
  • Sheetmetal Workers
  • Green Jobs
  • Commercial Fishing
  • Carpenter