What is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are employer-driven programs that combine paid on-the-job learning with related classroom instruction to increase an apprentice’s skill level and wage potential at the completion of their education.

While apprenticeships are often thought as models for trades, employers are finding success in building programs as diverse as Healthcare, IT, and Supply Chain Management.

Businesses in these areas can achieve gains with apprenticeships

  • Accounting, Business Administration & Finance
  • Aerospace Manufacturing & Maintenance
  • Computer and Information Technologies
  • Construction Management
  • Engineering — Electrical and Mechanical
  • Healthcare IT
  • Healthcare Technicians
  • Supply Chain Management
  • HVAC
  • Manufacturing
  • Plumbing
  • Welding

Meet Your Needs for a Skilled Workforce

Apprenticeships are proven solutions for businesses to recruit, train, and retain highly skilled workers,
and it is why employers must play an active role in building their apprenticeship programs.

Benefits of Creating a Registered Apprenticeship Program


When registering for an apprenticeship program through ApprenticeshipNC, a statewide government-funded organization, businesses receive guidance and support from a dedicated apprenticeship consultant who leads them through the registration process. This includes coordinating access to GTCC's professors to provide related classroom instruction. ApprenticeshipNC’s services are available at no charge.


Graduates of Registered Apprenticeship Programs receive a national, industry-recognized credential.


Registration means the program has met national and independent standards for quality and rigor. Registration tells prospective employees, customers, and suppliers that you invest in your workforce and believe your employees are your most important asset!


Financial resources may be available from the state for businesses that register their apprentice program through ApprenticeshipNC. This may include wage reimbursements and resources for apprentice onboarding and training. Your ApprenticeshipNC consultant will inform you of reimbursements you may qualify to receive.

Apprenticeship Goals


Every program includes structured on-the-job training that maps the skills and knowledge that the apprentice must learn throughout the program to be fully proficient at the job. Apprentices get hands-on training from an experienced mentor at the job site for typically not less than one year.


Apprentices receive related instruction that complements on-the-job learning. This instruction delivers the technical, workforce, and academic competencies that apply to the job, and you can work with key educators to develop a curriculum based on the skills and knowledge apprentices need.

Get Started

Complete the Registered Apprenticeship Interest Form to begin creating a qualified program. You will then learn the steps you must take to properly register an apprenticeship program.