Earn While You Learn with an Apprenticeship

Bridging the Skills Gap with Apprenticeships


Michigan is one of the leading states across the U.S. with more than 1,000 registered apprenticeship programs and over 18,000 active apprentices.

Michigan is among the national leaders in apprenticeships and the state is working to grow the number of opportunities so more students gain in-demand skills without extensive tuition debt while employers get the talent they need to grow and thrive, creating more and better jobs.

The good news: Apprenticeships are the answer.

View the Apprenticeship Toolkit →

For more information on how you can get involved, please call 517-335-6461 or email TalentFund@michigan.gov.

What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training with a mentor currently working in the field and classroom learning. Apprentices are paid during their training and typically earn a certification or credential at the completion of their apprenticeship program.

Is an apprenticeship a career? Yes!
Apprentices start working and earning wages from the first day on the job.

Apprenticeship Job Opportunities
Apprenticeship Training Programs

Looking for an approved registered apprenticeship training program in Michigan? Apprenticeships Work Michigan Training Connect (MiTC) can assist you in making knowledgeable decisions concerning your professional future and career with USDOL approved registered apprenticeship programs in Michigan.

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Apprentice Benefits

Apprentice Testimonials

Workers who complete apprenticeship programs earn an average of $300,000 more over their career when compared to peers who don't.

Employer Benefits

Apprenticeship Week 2018

Apprenticeship Success Coordinator

Michigan Works Logo Contact your local Michigan Works! Apprenticeship Success Coordinator to assist your company with developing an apprenticeship program or to assist with connecting career seekers to apprenticeship opportunities.

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What is a Registered Apprenticeship?

Registered apprenticeships are high-quality work-based learning and post-secondary earn-and-learn models that meet national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor (or federally recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies).

  • Registered Apprenticeship
  • Becoming an Employers sponsor
  • Becoming an Apprentice

Learn more about Registered Apprenticeship →

Learn more about apprenticeships at Advance Michigan Center for Apprenticeship Innovation →
Promotes the overall goal of expanding and enhancing Department of Labor (DOL) Registered Apprenticeships.

What are the Advantages of Apprenticeship?

Benefits to career seekers:

  • Wages earned while training
  • Improved skills and competencies
  • Higher wages as skills increase
  • National, portable credentials
  • Career advancement

Benefits to employers:

  • Highly skilled employees
  • Reduced turnover costs
  • Lower investment in recruitment
  • Higher productivity
  • More diverse workforce

Have Questions? Contact Us

Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity - Workforce Development
 Phone: 517-335-6461
E-Mail: TalentFund@michigan.gov

Office of Apprenticeship U.S. Department of Labor
Phone: 517-377-1747
E-Mail: davis.russell@dol.gov

Michigan Construction Careers

The growing demand for trades jobs has opened new windows of opportunity. Apprenticeships provide expert, reputable training for young individuals looking for a career in construction.

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