Apprenticeships are a great way to learn the skills required for a specific occupation. Today there are more than 1,000 nationally recognized occupations in the federal apprenticeship registry. Most programs last between one and four years, and registered programs issue a nationally recognized Certificate of Completion. Most programs pay you a wage for the work you do as an apprentice, and some even allow you to earn an associate degree simultaneously.
Apprenticeships are typically found in career paths that require you to be good with your hands and skilled in math. For example, electricians, plumbers and some automotive jobs and construction workers take apprentices. Learn more about your skills before committing to a career.
Most apprenticeship programs require:
- A high school diploma or GED.
- Adequate grades in relevant courses, especially math.
- Ability to work in the United States.
Programs in Indiana
Click on your region to explore specific options, or search your county for registered apprenticeships at The Office of Apprenticeships.
ABC Indy – Information on training programs in construction. Includes carpentry, drywall, electrical, heavy equipment, HVAC, masonry, painting, pipefitting, plumbing, sheet metal, surveyor and welding.
Indiana Construction Association - A list of union apprenticeship programs across the state.
Indiana Plan – Indiana Plan training starts in high school with summer camps and pre-apprenticeship training. Apprentices include boilermakers, bricklayers, carpenters, electricians, elevator constructors and sheet metal workers. Located in Gary and Indianapolis.
Northwest Indiana Building and Construction Trades Council - The Council’s list of apprenticeships. Choices range from roofers to operating engineers.
Indiana-Kentucky Regional Council of Carpenters - Master the skills of carpentry through an apprenticeship program. Locations are statewide.
Indiana University - IU offers four-year apprenticeships in the following careers: carpenter, electrician, elevator mechanic, heating mechanic, plumber, refrigeration mechanic and sheet metal mechanic.
Fort Wayne area
Building Contractors Association - View Fort Wayne-area apprenticeships related to building and construction.
Russ Moore Transmission Experts - Learn about being an apprentice working on transmissions. The program includes an Associate’s degree from Ivy Tech Community College.
Electrical Training Institute - The Electrical Training Institute offers apprenticeships and the opportunity to earn an Associate’s degree from Ivy Tech Community College.
Lafayette Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee - This Lafayette program offers an electrical apprenticeship. Read about qualifications before applying.
Northern Indiana National Electrical Contractors Association - The northern Indiana chapter operates several training programs for electrical apprenticeships.
South Bend area
Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee - Apprenticeship classes include three programs: inside wireman (electrician), telecommunications installer/technician and residential wireman.