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Apprenticeships, Interns & Job Shadows


An apprenticeship is a good way to prepare yourself for the future with on-the-job training in a highly skilled career.  Apprenticeship is formalized industry-driven career training. It is designed to create high-skill, high-paying job opportunities, and is an alternative route to traditional college programs. Depending on the occupation, apprenticeships last one to six years.

For workers, apprenticeships provide:

  • On-the-job training
  • Wages (that increase with your experience and skills)
  • Classroom studies
  • Job security and increased marketability
  • Opportunity to earn college credit in many occupational areas

Would you like to learn more about different fields that offer apprenticeships? Here are five career areas that offer many apprenticeship opportunities in Washington State:

  • Health Care: Are you a people person? Would you like a career caring for other people? You can learn to be an optician, a physical therapy aide, or pursue many other opportunities in health-related careers.
  • Manufacturing: Do you like to work with your hands? Would you like to learn how to use the latest computer technology to work with wood, metal, or electronics? There are apprenticeships available for machinists, shop electricians, and many other manufacturing careers.
  • Food Preparation & Serving: Do you love good food? Would you like a career preparing or serving food? Apprenticeships in the culinary arts field give you many opportunities to learn to be a top-notch cook or server.
  • Public Safety: Do you want to protect others and keep our homeland safe? There are many apprenticeship opportunities in public safety, including firefighter, fire medic, and police officer.
  • Construction & Building Trades Have you always wanted to build things? Would you like a career in the construction industry? You can apprentice to learn to be a plumber, pipefitter, carpenter, electrician, or many other careers.

Washington State Apprenticeship Programs