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Registered Apprenticeship prepares workers for jobs and gives businesses an additional means of building a highly skilled workforce.

What is an apprenticeship?

Registered Apprenticeship is an approach to prepare workers for jobs and meet the business needs for a highly skilled workforce. It allows an individual to become an employee, earn an income and gain job experience along with classroom training and education. Apprenticeships allow employers to define on-the-job learning and related technical training needed to develop a sustainable workforce. They equip individuals with the relative work experience, instruction and nationally recognized credentials.

How is an apprenticeship different from an internship?

An apprenticeship is a career pathway that includes a paid work component and an educational or instructional component. Apprentices can obtain workplace-relevant knowledge and skills.

Registered Apprenticeship is a tried-and-true approach for preparing workers for high-demand jobs. Businesses that use apprenticeship reduce worker turnover by fostering greater employee loyalty, increasing productivity, and improving the bottom line. Apprenticeships offer workers a way to start new careers with good wages.

An internship allows students to work in their expected career field, either during a semester or over the summer. Internships may be paid or unpaid and may or may not provide academic credit. They are usually one-time experiences and are connected to an academic program with course requirements designed and monitored by faculty.

What programs are already in place?

Currently JCCC has a few apprenticeship programs in place.  The College continues to research and work directly with its business partners to build out apprenticeships for high-demand jobs.

Where can I find additional information?

Student/Apprentice FAQs

Apprentices have the opportunity to earn while they learn! Starting on day one, apprentices are paid, and their pay can increase over time as they learn new skills.  And loans to cover tuition are not necessary. Training and education are provided at no cost to the apprentice.

Much like a college education, it takes several years to become fully trained in an occupation. Unlike college, apprentices earn a paycheck and gain valuable work experience while they learn. Apprentices can also earn industry credentials and prepare for career advancement through their experiences.


A Registered Apprenticeship is an employer/employee relationship, and therefore you are an employee of a company. The company must have a job opening and the company (sponsor) selects the apprentices.   

Compensation will vary depending on the sponsoring employer as well as the apprenticeship position for which you are hired. These can vary greatly by the apprenticeship and sponsoring employer. 

Application Process

The timeline from application to selection varies depending on the employer. Generally, it can take one to three months.

Duration of the Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships require classroom training and on-the-job learning. Apprenticeships must provide a minimum of 144 related technical instruction (RTI) hours. This includes time in the classroom to learn skills for the job.

Duration of On-the-job (OJT) Training

Training on the job may last up to 2,000 hours, or one year of full-time employment. Some employers will combine classroom training and job training, while others begin with classroom instruction and then move on to job training.

At a minimum, apprenticeships require at least 144 hours of instructor-led training per year of the apprenticeship. For example, if the apprenticeship is a two-year program, it would require 144 hours of instruction in year one and another 144 hours in year two for a total minimum of 288 hours of instruction. Some apprenticeships require additional instructor-led training. See details of your apprenticeship for more information. 

This instruction has been designed for the job that the apprentice is learning. This includes classroom and lab work that can take place on campus at JCCC or at the sponsoring employer site. 

You will earn general continuing education units (CEUs) as part of your apprenticeship instruction as well as potential industry-specific credentials along the way.

As an apprentice, you’re asked to dedicate yourself to the work and commit your time. You will be required to meet the goals and expectations set forth by your employer. It is important to review your contract when you’re hired and ask your employer any questions you have.

Sometimes apprentices are asked to “pay back” their employer if they leave the program early or are dismissed. These requirements vary by employer. Be sure to ask your employer if there is a payback requirement.

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, you will receive a Kansas Department of Commerce Certificate of Completion, which identifies you as having been an apprentice. You will also continue your work as a full-time employee of the employer.

If you're interested in finding out if an apprenticeship is right for you, send an email to JCCC’s Apprenticeship Team. Be sure to include your apprenticeship preference or area of interest and attach a copy of your resume.

Employer/Sponsor FAQs

Apprenticeships can work for any business, whether it has only a few employees or hundreds.

In some instances, employers may qualify for funding to help offset costs associated with the apprenticeship.

If you have trouble recruiting and retaining talent, apprenticeships might be the right solution. Do you want to educate and train your staff to meet your specific business needs? Apprenticeships offer the flexibility to make a program your own.

Customizable training, positive impact on the bottom line, reduced turnover, employee retainment and increased diversity are all results of having an apprenticeship in place. 

As the sponsor, you decide on the skills the apprentice will learn; JCCC can help design the related technical instruction to support this process. Customizing the training has a great impact on getting quick return on investment from your apprentices.

Apprenticeships have a proven track record on employee retainment, thus reducing turnover in your workforce population. This reduces a company’s recruitment and onboarding costs and results in a well-trained, highly skilled workforce that can make your business more competitive.

The employer's most important commitment is to hire the apprentice. This is a requirement of any apprenticeship. The employer must also complete required reporting and paperwork for the apprenticeship program.

The paperwork is minimal, making it as easy as possible on the employer to maintain. For businesses using JCCC’s sponsored program, the JCCC staff will complete all the required reporting and paperwork. To do this we will need specific information on a regular basis to ensure we meet the reporting requirements. 

If you're interested in having apprentices as part of your workforce, send an email to JCCC’s Apprenticeship Team. Be sure to include details about your business needs.

Interested in Learning More About Apprenticeships?

Whether you're interested in becoming an apprentice or you represent an employer interested in sponsoring apprentices, email the JCCC Apprenticeship Team to request more information.