|What does it mean to be an apprentice?|
Apprenticeship is one of the oldest methods of career preparation. It means you earn while you learn. Apprenticeship comes in all shapes and sizes. In Alaska, the greatest opportunities are in the high growth industries of oil and gas, healthcare, forestry, construction, mining, seafood, and transportation.
An apprentice spends some of the time in the field learning the trade and some of the time in a classroom for related training. It varies, but it can take up to four years to acquire the necessary hours and skills to complete. Apprenticeable occupations are high pay and high skill. Apprenticeships are job based with industry-recognized credentials, which means transfer from one job to another is easier. At the end, the apprentice will have a career, hold a nationally recognized credential, may be on track to a university degree, or have become a leader of industry.
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