An apprenticeship is a career pathway that allows an individual to become an employee of a company. From day one, the apprentice earns an income, gains real-world job experience, and receives classroom training and education. Apprenticeships allow employers to develop their own workforce by equipping individuals with work experience, classroom instruction, and nationally-recognized credentials.
No, the apprenticeship is paid for by your sponsoring employer. The apprentice does not have to pay for related technical instruction (RTI).
Yes, you are an employee from your first day in the program. Apprentices are paid employees of the company that hires and sponsors them.
Apprenticeship programs currently exist in cybersecurity, cloud computing, and many other areas. Since the summer of 2017, NVCC has been and continues to be the RTI provider in the region for the Amazon Military Technical Apprenticeship. For a list of the current apprenticeships in Virginia, visit the Department of Labor and Industry website.
Related technical instruction is integrated into an apprenticeship. This instruction includes classroom education or coursework that directly applies to the job that the apprentice is learning. Apprenticeships are required to include at least 144 hours of instructor led training.
As an apprentice, you’re asked to dedicate yourself to the work and commit your time. You will be required to meet the goals and expectations set forth by your employer for the apprenticeship program. It is important to review your contract when you’re hired, and ask your employer any questions you have.
Sometimes apprentices are asked to “payback” their employer, if they leave the program early or are dismissed. These requirements vary by employer. Be sure to ask your employer if there is a payback requirement.
Currently NOVA is unable to grant college credit for your certification training, however, the college is reviewing the policy. You will earn general continuing education units (CEUs) as part of your apprenticeship instruction.
We encourage apprentices to study outside of the class time in order to pass certification exams. A good rule of thumb is that for every hour in the classroom, apprentices can expect to study for two hours outside of class.
We advise apprentices to discuss with their employers whether they will need to purchase additional equipment. Some employers may provide or reimburse you for these costs.
Compensation will vary depending on the sponsoring employer as well as the apprenticeship position for which you are hired.
We encourage you to speak to your sponsoring company to understand the ramifications of leaving the apprenticeship program. Each sponsoring company may have their own stipulations.
There are currently three tech-related apprenticeship models: cloud, cybersecurity and technical.
Each model has different occupations and certifications attached to the apprenticeship position.
Upon completion of the apprenticeship, you will receive a Department of Labor journey worker card which identifies you as having been an apprentice. You will also continue your work as a full-time employee of the employer. The process is called “conversion.”