Youth Apprenticeship is an educational program that provides a qualified student the opportunity to begin learning an occupation using a system that combines on-the-job learning and related academic and technical classroom education. The North Carolina Community College System, a participating employer, and the school cooperatively put together an apprenticeship agreement that will require at least 2,000 hours of on-the-job learning plus an additional amount of classroom instruction. It is intended that upon high school graduation, the high school apprentice will continue as an adult apprentice until all of the apprenticeship requirements are fulfilled.
In order to be considered as a high school apprentice a student must meet the following criteria:
• Be a high school junior or senior
• Be in good academic standing
• Have a good citizenship record
• Be willing to make a firm commitment to the apprenticeship program
• Be recommended by at least two teachers
• Have a good attendance record
If the student is enrolled in a career technical education course, then one teacher recommendation must come from the teacher of that course. The first priority will be to place students enrolled in skill development courses into apprenticeship opportunities directly related to the respective courses.
The high school apprenticeship program will not be used to replace a given student’s involvement in a skill development course.
All operations will be performed without regard to race, sex, color, national origin or handicap.
• Be able to provide own transportation to and from your place of employment.
• Agree to all of the conditions outlined in the “Training Agreement” and the “Rules and Regulations for High School Apprentices.”
• Set up a meeting with parents and school apprenticeship coordinator to give input and sign apprenticeship registration documents.
• Provide, in a timely manner, any and all required documents to the N.C. Department of Labor Apprenticeship Consultant and to the High School Apprenticeship Coordinator.
• Participate in a high school course of study that is designed to accent the apprenticeship-training program.
Note: One unit of high school credit may be earned during the course of the school year. One additional unit may be earned by a student who begins the apprenticeship program as a junior and continues the apprenticeship program by working at least 450 full time hours during the summer months between his/ her junior and senior year.
Pre Apprentice – an individual or student who is participating in an approved Pre Apprenticeship program to learn skills for possible entry into Registered Apprenticeship upon completion of the program.
Pre Apprenticeship Program – a program that teaches basic technical and job-readiness skills for a designated apprenticeable occupation or occupational sector leading to possible entry into Registered Apprenticeship training. Pre apprenticeship normally features a classroom and/or lab setting, but may also involve work-site visits, job-shadowing, or other activities outside the program facility, to provide exposure to the work environment for the targeted occupation(s). The model for pre apprenticeship training varies depending on the targeted group recruited for training such as youth or adults. Successful completion of an approved Pre-Apprenticeship program will likely enhance the probability of transition to registered apprenticeship or an opportunity for employment in the industry above an entry level position