The skilled trades are one of the most in-demand job classes in the world today and provide an opportunity to create a strong, high-paying career. One of the first phases in achieving a career in the trades is through an apprenticeship. Earn Up can help high school students, veterans and adult workers navigate the path to apprenticeships in Northeast Florida.
Apprenticeship is a system for training a new generation of practitioners of a trade or profession with on-the-job training and often some accompanying study. Apprenticeships can also enable practitioners to gain a license to practice in a regulated occupation. Most of their training is done while working for an employer who helps the apprentices learn their trade or profession, in exchange for their continued labor for an agreed period after they have achieved measurable competencies.
Apprenticeship positions are available across a number of skill sets in the Jacksonville area, including Automotive Mechanic, Carpenter, Electrician, HVAC Installer, Industrial Repair Technician, Instrument Mechanic, Ironworker, Technology Associate, Line Erector, Machine Assembler, Machinist, Plumber, Pipefitter, Sheet Metal Worker, Outboard Motor Mechanic and Telecommunications Technician
Apprenticeship lengths vary significantly across sectors, professions, roles and cultures. In some cases, people who successfully complete an apprenticeship can reach the “journeyman” or professional certification level of competence. In other cases, they can be offered a permanent job at the company that provided the placement. Although the formal boundaries and terminology of the apprentice/journeyman/master system often do not extend outside guilds and trade unions, the concept of on-the-job training leading to competence over a period of years is found in any field of skilled labor.
For members of the military or veterans, apprenticeship is a unique and rewarding pathway to developing in-demand workplace and technical skills while earning a paycheck in the career of your dreams from day one.
The resources below can help you with your approach to apprenticeships and help you direct your Career Pathway in an exciting new direction.