Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
The approach and outcomes are established, but a true team approach is what will make an apprenticeship program effective for your company and your industry sector. The most common FAQ for employers are explored here. You’re invited to reach out to the ApprenticeshipNH office to speak with someone experienced in the process with any specific needs.
Q. What is ApprenticeshipNH?
ApprenticeshipNH is a grant-funded program housed at the Community College System of NH (CCSNH) that helps connect NH employers and jobseekers through the development of Registered Apprenticeship programs. To learn more, click here.
Q. How is ApprenticeshipNH funded and what is the funding used for?
ApprenticeshipNH is funded through federal grants from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration and from the American Association of Community Colleges. Grant funds help to staff a team that can help employers develop apprenticeship programs, connect businesses with NH community colleges and assist jobseekers in starting a new apprenticeship career. Grant funds are also used to provide scholarship and financial assistance to apprentices and employers.
Q. What is Registered Apprenticeship?
Registered Apprenticeship is a real job – you’ll be hired from day one by a NH employer. It’s also a work-based training program that includes an educational or classroom instruction component, and a hands-on paid job training component.
Q. What industries and occupations are available for Registered Apprenticeship?
Through the ApprenticeshipNH program, you can be a registered apprentice in advanced manufacturing, automotive technology, biomedical technology, construction & infrastructure, healthcare, hospitality and information technology – rapidly growing sectors of the NH economy with a current or projected shortage of good, skilled workers.
Q. How long does it take to complete an apprenticeship?
Each apprenticeship is unique because it is based on different factors, such as the occupation, industry, and training requirements. However, at a minimum, an apprenticeship requires 144 hours of classroom learning (or 18 8-hour days, for reference) and 2,000 hours (about one year if working full-time) of paid, on-the-job training. Programs typically take anywhere from one year to six years to complete.
Q. What is the salary range for an apprentice?
Apprentices earn competitive wages, and from day one of the apprenticeship will receive a paycheck as well as incremental wage increases as skill levels increase. Wage increases happen at regular intervals throughout the apprenticeship, and your employer will communicate to you in advance when you can expect to receive a wage increase. In many instances, apprentices earn up to $60,000 a year upon completing an apprenticeship.
Q. Where will the classroom instruction take place?
You’ll take classes at the Community College System of New Hampshire campus closest to you or to the business sponsoring the apprenticeship. In some situations, the college may provide the instruction through online learning, on-site at your employer, or in a traditional classroom setting on campus.
Q. Can I earn college credit for participating in an apprenticeship program?
Potentially – many of our apprenticeship programs offer apprentices college credit which can be applied toward a certificate or degree. Some programs are non-credit; however, you may still be able to receive credit for prior learning for the instruction and training components of your apprenticeship. Contact us to learn more.
Q. Do I get paid for my training time?
Some employers will pay apprentices for the time they spend in class, especially when classroom instruction happens at the work site or during normal work hours. However, it is not required that the employer pay you for class time. Additionally, you’ll receive wages for your training on-the-job while you earn as you learn.
Q. How do I qualify? What if I don’t have any previous experience?
Registered Apprenticeship is for everyone! The only criteria are that you must be at least 18 (some employers will hire apprentices as young as 16-17) years old to apply and must be able to physically perform the essential functions of the occupation such as lifting, sitting, walking, standing, etc. Some employers may require some form of pre-employment screening. No previous work experience or education is required.
Q. If I apply, am I guaranteed a job?
Registered Apprenticeship is employer-driven, which means that companies have the final say on who they hire for an apprenticeship. Therefore, the application and selection process can be competitive. If you need help creating a resume or filling out an application, please contact us so that we can assist you.
Q. What employers are interested?
We’re lucky to work with a great cross section of companies in advanced manufacturing, automotive, biomedical tech, construction & infrastructure, healthcare, hospitality and IT. Check out our current job openings to learn more about what employers are currently hiring apprentices through our program.
Q. What is Registered Apprenticeship?
Registered Apprenticeship is a work-based training program that includes both classroom instruction and paid on-the-job training. It provides individuals with skills and knowledge related to a particular occupation. Registered apprenticeships meet national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor.
Q. How does a Registered Apprenticeship program benefit me as an employer? What sort of return on investment can I expect?
As a sponsor of apprenticeship, you’ll be able to develop highly skilled employees with the experience and knowledge that you need to increase productivity and drive growth at your company. Return on investment looks different for every employer, but we are confident that apprenticeship will help your business:
- Develop skilled employees to increase productivity and drive company growth
- Increase retention and reduce costs of turnover
- Remain competitive by training employees to industry standards
- Attract qualified employees in a competitive labor market
Q. How can ApprenticeshipNH help me?
In addition to walking you through each step of building an apprenticeship program, ApprenticeshipNH has a fully-staffed office that will help you with recruitment and outreach to apprentices, marketing and promotion of your program, as well as connecting you with resources in NH that help to fund apprentice training and education.
Q. What kinds of jobs qualify?
Thousands of occupations qualify for ApprenticeshipNH, including: licensed nursing assistants (LNAs), medical assistants, CNC machinists, machine operators, HVAC service technicians, cook and more. For more extensive lists, visit these pages: advanced manufacturing, automotive, biomedical tech, construction & infrastructure, healthcare, hospitality and IT.
Q. How much will it cost me to run a program?
Costs can vary based on occupation and length of an apprenticeship. The only required cost to you as the employer is the staff time it takes to set up and oversee the program, as well as the cost of wages paid to the apprentice during on-the-job training. Assisting with the cost of tuition/education is not required, however can make your program more attractive to potential apprentices. Grant funds are available to offset the cost of tuition, and our team can assist you in determining your eligibility for other funding from other workforce development initiatives. These initiatives include The NH Job Training Fund, Workforce Opportunity Innovation Act, (WOIA) and others. Just like the components of an apprenticeship itself, the financial aspect of the program is customizable to meet your company’s needs.
Q. Can my company screen and interview applicants?
Yes. The apprentices that you hire will be employees of your company from day one of the apprenticeship. Our team can assist you in finding applicants, but decisions about interviewing, screening and hiring apprentices are yours.
Q. Can I use apprenticeship to train my existing employees?
Yes! We can develop apprenticeship programs for both new and existing employees.
Q. How long does it take to set up a new program?
You set the pace. Typically, it takes two to three months from start to finish to develop a fully customized apprenticeship, but this can vary depending on the company, the college and other factors.
Q. Can I talk to an employer in my sector that’s done apprenticeship before?
Sure! If you’d be interested in talking to an employer with experience in apprenticeship, please let us know and we can refer you to another company that we have an active partnership with.