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Are you a high school student who wants to directly enter the workforce? Have you been in the workforce and want to learn a new trade or skill? Offered through Bates Technical College, the apprenticeship program may offer you paid, on-the-job learning. Apprenticeships are a great option for people who like to work with their hands and are ready to go to work.

There are 9 Washington state-approved apprenticeship training programs affiliated with Bates Technical College, ranging from the aerospace industry to construction fields. Apprentices work in the field earning wages at a percentage of the journey-level rate while also attending classes on a part-time basis, typically in the evenings.

As apprentices progress through the program, they receive regular pay increases. Apprenticeships are one-five years in length, and upon completing the program, they receive a journeyman-level certificate of completion from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries Apprenticeship & Training Council.

In addition to earning the certificate, apprentices have the opportunity to earn a degree in Apprenticeship Studies. The degree path can be a great option for those who are interested in pursuing a supervisory, inspector or other positions.

How to get into an apprenticeship program

To gain entry into a Bates-affiliated apprenticeship program, you should contact the apprenticeship training coordinator directly. Eligibility varies from program to program, but typically you must have a high school diploma or GED, be at least 16 years, and demonstrate the ability and aptitude to complete the program.