Join an Apprenticeship

As an apprentice, you’re an employee from day one. You’ll receive on the job training and mentoring, related instruction, and wage gains while on a career path in your chosen industry.

Learn on the Job

Apprentices don’t need to know it all on day one. You’ll learn job skills from experienced colleagues and complete additional training to build know-how.

Receive Wage Gains

Apprentices are employees, meaning you’ll receive wages and benefits from day one. As you complete your training, your wages will increase.

Earn Credentials

Every apprentice receives a nationally recognized credential upon completing their program. Some programs also offer the chance to earn college credit or specialized certifications.

Work with a Mentor

Apprentices are paired with at least one mentor on the job. Mentors show the ropes and help apprentices track their skills learned.

Find an Apprenticeship

Browse apprenticeships and pre-apprentices by industry. The below programs operate in Southeastern PA, to find apprenticeships across the country, visit apprenticeship.gov

Overview

Apprentices in the biomedical sciences industry will work in a laboratory setting within academic institutions or private research companies. Apprentices should have an interest in science and will learn proper research techniques and lab safety.

Biomedical Technician Training Pre-Apprenticeship and Biomedical Research Technician Apprenticeship Program
The Wistar Institute

Location: Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties

Wistar is a world leader in early-stage discovery science in the areas of cancer, immunology, and infectious disease. Their Biomedical Technician Training (BTT) Pre-Apprenticeship Program provides pre-apprentices with the background in molecular and cellular biology and the laboratory skills they will need to enter the Biomedical Research Technician (BRT) Apprenticeship Program and/or obtain positions as laboratory technicians or research assistants in the life sciences. Wistar’s BRT Apprenticeship provides a career pathway in a research laboratory environment. Through advanced training, apprentices acquire skill sets to facilitate experimental procedures, manage a laboratory and monitor lab safety, conduct data analysis on experiments, and other highly-skilled techniques with the goal of supporting a lead scientist and staff in the laboratory to advance scientific hypotheses and outcomes.

BTT Pre-Apprenticeship Prerequisites: 16 years of age; high school diploma/GED, and college-level pre-requisite courses in biology, chemistry, math, English and applied computer technology. Applications are accepted between October and February for a May start date.

BRT Apprenticeship Prerequisites: Must have graduated the BTT Pre-Apprenticeship to enter the BRT Apprenticeship.

Contact: Dr. Kristy Shuda McGuire, kshudamcguire@wistar.org, (215) 898-3805

Overview

Building and construction apprenticeships range widely in the specific occupation and work performed. Carpentry, insulating, painting, and pipefitting are just a few of the specific paths that can be taken through an apprenticeship.

For additional information regarding building and construction trade apprenticeships, visit the Pennsylvania Apprentice Coordinators Association’s website.

Women in Non-Traditional Careers (WINC) strives to support, increase, and advance the participation of women in construction, manufacturing, and transit careers. A comprehensive list of manufacturing and construction training programs can be found here.

Painter, Glazier, Drywall Finisher and Wall Covering Apprenticeships
Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region

Location: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.

The mission of the Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region (FTI) is to supply area contractors with the most highly skilled craftspeople in the construction industry. There are Registered Apprenticeships available through FTI in the following fields: Architectural Glass & Metal Installers (Glaziers), Coatings Applicator Specialist (Industrial Painters), Commercial Paint & Wall Covering, Drywall Finishing, Glassworkers, and Multi-Craft Decorators. Apprentices receive numerous credentials throughout the program and Glazier Apprentices earn a specialize associates degree in glazing at the completion of their apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship Prerequisites: 18 years of age, valid driver’s license, high school diploma/GED.

To apply visit FTI’s website.

Contact: https://www.fti.edu/contact/

International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Apprenticeship
International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Worker Local Union 14 Joint Apprenticeship Committee (IAHFIAW LU14 JAC)

Location: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.

The International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers JAC (LU14) Training Center prepares apprentices in Mechanical Insulation. The trade consists of insulating heating and air conditioning systems, domestic water and plumbing pipes in commercial buildings, power plants, and residential developments. using fiberglass, calcium silicate, foamed rubber products, insulating foams and loose fill products. IAHFIAW LU14 JAC is also in the asbestos abatement industry. Apprentices are trained and certified in asbestos removal and fitted with proper safety equipment.

This five year program is divided into two 6-month semesters beginning in March and September. Apprentices receive 80 hours of classroom training and 900 hours of on-the-job training each semester.

Apprenticeship Prerequisites: 18 years of age and high school diploma/GED.

To apply visit IAHFIAW LU14 Training Center’s website.

Contact: information@insulators14jac.com, (215) 533-0395 ext. 5

Overview

With an apprenticeship in health and human services you’ll be helping people meet their healthcare needs. Apprentices may work in a hospital or home setting caring for individuals or within a business or store providing health services.

Devereux Direct Support Professional Apprenticeship
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health

Locations: Chester County

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is one of the largest and most advanced behavioral healthcare organizations in the country, using a unique model that connects the latest scientific and medical advancements to practical, effective interventions in the treatment of behavioral health. Apprentices will become fully trained as direct support professionals through on-the-job learning, mentoring, and career growth opportunities. Direct support professionals provide one-on-one or group care to children and adults in educational, community-based, and residential programs. Certification as a qualified direct support professional is given at the end of the one-year apprenticeship.

Pre-requisites: Must be age 21+, have a high school diploma/GED, and a valid Driver’s License

To apply email apprenticeship@devereux.org.

Contact: apprenticeship@devereux.org, 610-542-3093

Overview

Apprenticeships are a stepping-stone into skilled IT roles. In an IT apprenticeship, you’ll earn industry certifications and experience. Employers range from small start-ups to large corporations. Pre-apprenticeships in IT will provide the computer and digital skills necessary to enter an apprenticeship for those who may not have a tech background.

Career Readiness Soft-Skills Pre-Apprenticeship
Community College of Philadelphia

Location: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties

The Career Readiness Soft Skills (CRS) Pre-Apprenticeship Program provides participants with a strong foundation in the application of workplace skills, including communication, teamwork, work habits, life skills, and budget basics. A basic math refresher is also included to reintroduce key math concepts needed to successfully enter affiliated Apprenticeship Programs, employment, or further study. The Career Readiness Soft Skills Pre-Apprenticeship Program consists of 8 courses spanning 64 hours of education. In addition, participants will participate in ACT WorkKeys Curriculum, and will take the TABE or CASAS assessments and the assessment for the National Career Readiness Certification at the culmination of the course. Includes 3 digital micro-credentials (Communication and Collaboration; Critical Thinking and Creativity; and Life and Career Skills) that add up to the larger Career Readiness Pre-Apprenticeship Digital Badge. The Career Readiness Skills pre-apprenticeship aligns with the Philadelphia Information Technology Opportunities Collaborative registered apprenticeship program.

Prerequisites: High School Diploma or GED/Equivalency

To apply complete CCP’s online interest form. New programs start throughout the year.

Contact: Sarah Hill, shill@ccp.edu, (215) 496-6152

Digital Service Fellow Pre-Apprenticeship
Urban Technology Project (UTP)

Location: Philadelphia County

In partnership with the School District of Philadelphia and Launch of Philadelphia, the Urban Technology Project (UTP) offers an AmeriCorps Pre-Apprenticeship program blending community service, leadership development, and Computer Science mentoring. Participants in the AmeriCorps Pre-Apprenticeship build capacity in Philadelphia schools by mentoring students interested in Computer Science. Digital Service Fellow Pre-Apprentices have the opportunity to enter the Urban Technology Project’s Computer Support Specialist Apprenticeship upon completing the pre-apprenticeship.

Prerequisites: Must be age 17-24 and have a High School Diploma or GED/Equivalency

To apply complete UTP’s online application.

Contact: Shana Savage, ssavage2@philasd.org

Computer Support Specialist Apprenticeship
Urban Technology Project (UTP)

Location: Philadelphia County

In partnership with the School District of Philadelphia and Launch of Philadelphia, the Urban Technology Project (UTP) offers a Computer Support Specialist Registered Apprenticeship Program. Apprentices support the IT needs of Philadelphia schools while being mentored by a school’s technologist.

Prerequisites: Must be age 18+, have a High School Diploma or GED/Equivalency, and have at least 1 IT certification and/or 1 year of IT experience.

To apply complete UTP’s online application.

Contact: Shana Savage, ssavage2@philasd.org

Software Developer Apprenticeship
Urban Technology Project (UTP)

Location: Philadelphia County

In partnership with the School District of Philadelphia and Launch of Philadelphia, the Urban Technology Project (UTP) offers a Software Developer Registered Apprenticeship.

Prerequisites: Must be age 18+, have a High School Diploma or GED/Equivalency, possess basic coding knowledge, and have at least 1 IT certification and/or 1 year of IT experience.

To apply complete UTP’s online application.

Contact: Shana Savage, ssavage2@philasd.org

Overview

Advanced manufacturing apprentices will assist with the production of goods often in a factory setting. Specific roles include machinists, tool and die makers, plastics fabricators, and more. These roles are often physical in nature and also require an understanding of math and design, which will be learned during the apprenticeship.

Women in Non-Traditional Careers (WINC) strives to support, increase, and advance the participation of women in construction, manufacturing, and transit careers. A comprehensive list of manufacturing and construction training programs can be found here.

Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Pre-Apprenticeship Program
Community College of Philadelphia

Location: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties

The Industrial Maintenance Mechanic (IMM) Pre-Apprenticeship Program provides participants with foundational knowledge in four areas: fluid power, industrial electricity, mechanical components, and programmable logic controllers. The program builds toward a basic understanding of mechatronics, the synergistic application of mechanical, electrical, and controls engineering, combined with computer science to build and maintain high-tech equipment. The Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Pre-Apprenticeship Program consists of 5 courses spanning 284 hours of education. In addition, participants will participate in ACT WorkKeys Curriculum, and will take the TABE or CASAS assessments and the assessment for the National Career Readiness Certification at the culmination of the course. Pre-Apprentices will be able to take 4 Mechatronics Certification Tests, offered by the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies in: Fluid Power 1, Industrial Electricity 1, Mechanical Components 1, and Programmable Logic Controllers 1. The IMM pre-apprenticeship aligns with JEVS Human Services Philadelphia’s Tri-State Advanced Manufacturing registered apprenticeship program.

Prerequisites: High School Diploma or GED/Equivalency

To apply complete CCP’s online interest form. New programs start throughout the year.

Contact: Sarah Hill, shill@ccp.edu, (215) 496-6152

Registered Apprenticeship Navigator
Keystone Development Partnership (KDP)

Location: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties

KDP developed the Registered Apprenticeship (RA) Navigator program for workforce intermediaries to help expand apprenticeship throughout the Commonwealth. The RA Navigator is an apprenticeship program that trains people to develop and manage apprenticeship programs. RA Navigators help grow the apprenticeship ecosystem through regional partnerships and provide technical assistance to unions, employers, industry associations, community organizations, training providers, and the workforce system. The one-year apprenticeship program includes 2,000 hours of on-the-job training (OJT) plus 144 hours of Related Technical Instruction (RTI) provided via Zoom. The program also uses online collaboration platforms to support the RTI, facilitate discussions, and provide additional resources.

Prerequisites: Must be age 18+, have a High School Diploma or GED/Equivalency, and be employed in a full-time position focused on business engagement.

To apply contact Tara Toms at ttoms@kdpworks.org. 

Contact: Tara Toms, ttoms@kdpworks.org, (717) 576-0417