If you want to learn a skill and the idea of on the job training appeals to you, consider an apprenticeship program. An apprenticeship provides paid training under the supervision of a qualified craftsperson, technician or professional combined with related classroom instruction. Apprenticeship training is open to anyone 16 or older; however, employers may set a higher entry age. Training usually takes two-to-five years.
To become an apprentice you must be assessed and selected by a program sponsor approved by the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council, the registration agency for apprenticeship programs. Training is available in trades such as:
- Sheet Metal
- Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
- Sprinkler Fitter
For more information on apprenticeship programs in Maryland contact the Division of Labor and Industry: Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program (410) 767-2229.