: an arrangement in which someone learns an art, trade, or other job under the supervision of another

An apprenticeship is two different things:

It's a job, but it's also an education.

Mostly, though, it’s a great opportunity! An apprenticeship is a good way to prepare yourself for the future with on-the-job training in a high-demand career.


An apprenticeship combines paid work experience with classroom training. Highly skilled workers share their skills and knowledge on the job, in combination with lessons to make sure the apprentice masters all aspects of the job.


There are apprenticeships for nearly any job you can imagine, from manufacturing to healthcare.


Michigan Works! Berrien, Cass, Van Buren currently offers apprenticeships for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) and Personal Care Assistants (PCA).


There are many other registered apprenticeships in Southwest Michigan in manufacturing and professional trades. If you are in need of assistance in locating opportunities, please contact us for more information!


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Frequent Apprenticeship Questions

How do apprenticeships differ from other work-based trainings?

Apprentices are hired by employers and receive a paycheck from their first day of work. Wages increase over time as apprentices advance their knowledge, skills, and abilities. Apprenticeships connect education and work simultaneously. Apprentices take classes while they are working, combining theoretical and hands-on learning. At the end of the apprenticeship, apprentices earn industry-recognized credentials.

What is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is a career pathway where individuals can earn and learn at the same time. Apprenticeships include:

  • Paid Employment
    • Apprentices earn a competitive wage from day one
  • Education
    • Apprentices gain knowledge with structured learning and on-the-job training
  • Credentials
    • Apprentices enhance their resume with industry-recognized credentials

Is an Apprenticeship a Job?

Yes! Apprentices start working when they enter an apprenticeship, with wage increases possible as they become more proficient.

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Where can I find Apprenticeship programs?

There are many registered apprenticeships in Southwest Michigan. If you are in need of assistance in locating opportunities, please contact us for more information. You may also utilize the Apprenticeship Sponsor Finder, located here.

Is this an Internship?

Apprenticeships are not Internships. Both are paths into future careers, but they work differently: Internships are a means to "test the waters" of a potential future career. Likely, someone in an internship has a general field of study or work they are interested in, and have taken some classes in that area. They can apply some or all of their skills in a termporary work experience (may or may not be paid), using the experience to help decide if that field of work is right for them. Apprenticeships are for individuals who know what career they want to do, but still need the training. Apprenticeships pay people to learn a skill. Schooling is still required, but the apprenticeship program helps pay for the training needed. At the end of an apprenticeship, you often have the formal qualifications and skills needed to work in that field.

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Berrien, Cass, Van Buren 

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