Formal apprenticeship programs usually last about 4 years, depending on the employer or occupation, although they may take as little as 12 months or as many as 6 years. Many of these programs are registered with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
At the end of a registered apprenticeship program, apprentices get a nationally recognized certificate of completion as proof of their skills.
Most common apprenticeship programs are: Boilermakers, Carpenters, Electricians, Elevator Installers/Repairers, Glaziers (glass install/repair), Insulation Workers/Mechanical, Ironworkers, Masonry Workers, Millwrights, Musical Instrument Repairers/Tuners, Plumbers/Pipefitters/Steamfitters, Sheet Metal Workers
Yearly Wages for Selected Skilled Trades Workers
- $70,910 Electrical Power-Line Installers/Repairers
- $55,190 Electricians
- $53,910 Plumbers
- $46,500 Carpenters
- $46,450 Sheet Metal Workers
- $43,680 Heavy & Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
- $35,800 Construction Laborers
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LATEST HIGH-TECH APPRENTICESHIP NEWS
Tech companies are exploring and implementing apprenticeship programs for careers in technology: Ford, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Sony, Sprint, Toyota, Twitter, Visa, and Walmrt.
These employers are now hiring from previously overlooked segments of the workforce - those without higher education degrees or a previous job in technology. This is to help fix a severe shortage of workers in one of the fastest growing sector of the U.S. economy.
IBM has offered apprenticeships since 2017, and has 500 apprentices in the U.S.
"Our university system only graduates 60,000 computer science degrees a year," said Jennifer Taylor, of consumer Technology Association, "Yet, we have over one million jobs in that space."
TESLA MAKES HEADLINES
Elon Mush, co-founder and CEO at Tesla, made headlines by saying he's accepting recruits without high school diplomas for the firm's artificial intelligence team.
Here is what Elon Musk of Tesla said on February 2, 2020:
If you don't have a college degree, it won't hold you back from working for Tesla, Elon Musk tweeted on Sunday.
Musk is using Twitter to recruit for Tesla's artificial intelligence team.
"Join AI at Tesla!" Musk tweeted. The artificial intelligence team "reports directly to me and we meet/email/text almost every day."
"A PhD is definitely not required. I don't care if you even graduated high school," Musk said.
Instead, Musk is looking for those with a "deep understanding" of artificial intelligence. And while "educational background is irrelevant" -- all candidates "must pass hardcore coding test," Musk said.
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