Become an Apprentice

Apprentices at work

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.


    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 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.

    UA Local 51

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    Apprenticeship: Not Currently Accepting Applications.

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    Carpenters Local 330

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    Apprenticeship: You must attend an information session. Information sessions are held at 6:00pm the first Monday of every month in the MA regional office. You do not need to pre-register.

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    IBEW 99

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    Apprenticeship: Accepting Applications year round.

    Entrance 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

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    Apprenticeship: Accepting applications year round for apprentice Drywall Finisher (Taping), Industrial Painter, and Glaziers are welcomed to apply online at any time. The Finishing Trades Institute of Southern New England Inc.

    Laborers Local 271

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    Apprenticeship: Applications accepted year round. To learn more about the occupation and program click here or call Apprenticeship Coordinator Joe Caparco at (508) 544-9830

    Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 17

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    Apprenticeship: Applications open from January 1, 2023 through April 15, 2023.

    Applicants must be 18 years old on or before 8/1/2023. Fill out an application here. No fee to apply.

    Questions? Call 617-298-0850

    UA Sprinkler Fitters Local 669

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    Apprenticeship: Accepting Applications.

    Phone: 1-410-312-5202



    United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers' and Allied Workers Local Union 33

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    Apprenticeship: Accepting applications.

    Call 781-341-9192


    Text "ROOFERS" TO 22999 to Schedule Appointment.

    Plasterers’ & Cement Masons’ Local Union 40 (OPCMIA)

    Plasterers’ & Cement Masons’ Local Union 40  (OPCMIA)

    Apprenticeship: Apply online


    Contact: John Sweeney, Training Director

    Phone:  617-825-6200


    Heat & Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers Union, Local No. 6

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    Apprenticeship: Applications are closed.

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    Ironworkers Local 37

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    Apprenticeship: Accepting applications April 16th-April 30th 2023

    Students can apply if they turn 18 before the class starts in Aug/Sept.

    Call the office at (401) 438-1111 with any questions.

    Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers’ (BAC)

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    Apprenticeship: Contact the Regional Training Director Bob Mion.


    Phone: 607-727-2799.

    Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers Local 29

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    Apprenticeship: Applications are distributed on the last Friday of every month. Applicants MUST pick up applications in person.

    Boston office contact: (617) 328-8400