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 three and five years, and registered programs issue a nationally recognized Certificate of Completion. You will typically earn a wage for the work you do as an apprentice, and some even allow you to earn an associate degree (for free!) 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. About 90% of apprenticeship programs are in construction industries. 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. Earning a Core 40 diploma with Technical Honors is recommended by many programs.
- Ability to work in the United States.
- WorkKeys test results. Make sure your program requires this test, and then visit your local WorkOne Center to learn more.
It can be difficult to get into an apprenticeship program. If you are not immediately accepted into a program, make sure you are on the waiting list and be patient. If you are in high school, you should plan on applying to programs before February of your senior year.
Programs in Indiana
The first section below lists information and programs across the state. You can also scroll down to find your region, or search your county for registered apprenticeships at The Office of Apprenticeships.
Statewide Options & Information
ABC Indy – Associated Builders and Contractors of Indiana/Kentucky has an apprenticeship program with training centers in Indianapolis, Muncie, Fort Wayne, Elkhart, Lafayette, Logansport and Columbus in Indiana. Training is available in carpentry, construction craft labor, concrete finishing, electrical, electronic systems technician, HVAC, insulation, heavy equipment operation, painting, pipefitting, plumbing, roofing and sheet metal. ABC partners with Vincennes University to offer an Associate Degree as part of the apprenticeship program.
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.
IN Training – Search for apprenticeship and other training options across the state. This site includes non-construction apprenticeships.
Top Notch – Learn how to enter the union construction trades, from boilermakers to sheet metal workers. Contact information for programs across the state is included.
Indiana University - IU offers four-year apprenticeships in the following careers: carpenter, electrician, elevator mechanic, heating mechanic, plumber, refrigeration mechanic and sheet metal mechanic.
Building Contractors Association - View Fort Wayne-area apprenticeships related to building and construction.
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.