Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related technical instruction and is highly desirable for workers because it is learning job skills while earning an income, wage progression, and a widely recognized and portable certificate of completion and proficiency. A student must be at least 16 years of age except where a higher minimum age standard is required by law.
Related instruction is commonly provided in the classroom, but other types of instruction, such as on-line learning and individualized instruction are also permitted. Federal rules recommend that apprentices complete at least 144 hours of related instruction per year, which many apprenticeship programs choose to require. In many apprenticeship programs, the related instruction can also lead to a college degree, thereby providing the individual with an opportunity to earn both academic and occupational credentials simultaneously.
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High school Career Technical Centers or Joint Vocational Centers (JVS) offer programs for high school students in which they earn college credit, industry credentials, and/or secure registered apprenticeships to prepare for a career in the construction industry.
Some career technical centers offer pre-apprenticeship programs that teach basic technical and job-readiness skills for a designated apprentice occupation or sector to prepare students for a formal Registered Apprenticeship Training Program. To see the list of Registered Pre-Apprenticeship programs please visit the Ohio Department of Education website.