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  • Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, mentorship, and a portable credential. 

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  • The length of an apprenticeship program can vary depending on the employer, complexity of the occupation, industry, and the type of program.

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  • Yes! Apprenticeship spans more than 1,000 occupations including careers in health care, cybersecurity, information technology, and energy. 

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  • Apprenticeship training is distinguished from other types of workplace training by several factors:

    (1) Apprenticeships are jobs! Apprentices earn wages from their employers during training; 

    (2) Apprenticeship programs provide on-the-job learning and job-related classroom training;

    (3) On-the-job learning is conducted in the work setting under the direction of a mentor(s); and  

    (4) Training results in an industry-recognized and portable credential. 

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  • The U.S. Department of Labor does not have an official definition of internship or externship. However, generally speaking, differences between internships and apprenticeships fall into in the following areas: Length of Time, Structure, Mentorship, Pay, Credentials, and College Credit.

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