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For Employers

Grow your workforce and train the next generation.

If you’re looking to build a team of skilled workers who meet your expectations, consider Registered Apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs. These programs offer direct hands-on training from you, while technical training is provided by the Community College System of NH. Your apprentice will work closely with a mentor within your company, gaining valuable knowledge and building relationships to enhance your company’s culture.

The ApprenticeshipNH team is here to help you develop a customized Registered Apprenticeship program that fits your needs. They have the expertise and financial resources to guide you through the registration process and even help with the recruitment and screening of potential apprentices. Plus, they can connect you to resources in NH that can help fund the cost of on-the-job learning and related instruction.

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These New Hampshire companies are seeing the benefits of apprenticeship

For every dollar spent on apprenticeship, employers get approximately $1.50 ROI.
More than 150,000

employers and labor management organizations benefit from apprenticeships.

Existing and current employees are eligible to enroll.

Grants and other federal funds may be available to help

offset the cost of tuition.

Registered Apprenticeship: a win-win for companies and employees

Studies show businesses that use a Registered Apprenticeship program reduce worker turnover because of greater employee loyalty, increased productivity and an improved bottom line. NH’s community colleges have extensive experience in developing employer-driven programs to meet your specific needs. Other benefits of apprenticeship include:

  • Train to your standards
  • Customize the program to meet your company’s needs
  • Screen and hire candidates as you would any other incoming employee
  • Help spark interest in a new career
  • Offset or eliminate the cost of onboarding and new hire skills training
  • Build your apprenticeship program to suit your recruiting goals
  • Partner with CCSNH for top-notch training approaches and experienced instructors
  • Establish and promote community partnerships
  • Coordinate knowledge transfer from retiring employees to new hires
  • Fill current and future positions

Build a talent pipeline with pre-apprenticeship.

Pre-apprenticeship programs set individuals up for success in a registered apprenticeship program. Often designed to fill identified skill gaps, ApprenticeshipNH can help employers customize a pre-apprenticeship program or connect them with existing programs like WorkReadyNH, Adult Education programs, and English as a Second Language programs. Pre-apprenticeship provides a pathway to a career for job seekers and a talent pipeline for employers.

How can Pre-apprenticeship work for you?

Once you have a Registered Apprenticeship, you can build a pre-apprenticeship to directly connect to high school and adult candidates. Sample programs include:

  • Education/bootcamp based course with a guaranteed interview for the apprenticeship program at your company
  • Paid internship with your company with a guaranteed interview for the apprenticeship program at your company
  • Combination of both above options
  • Help building a pre-apprenticeship program and connecting to existing programs

The ApprenticeshipNH High School program

This program is for you if you want –

  • To begin your career with little to no student debt
  • To learn the top skills industries are looking for
  • The potential to earn college credit before leaving high school
  • To align your part-time job with future career goal

Apprenticeship Hubs Near You


Centered around White Mountains Community College, ApprenticeshipNH is meeting the needs of Northern NH’s thriving hospitality, tourism and other emerging industries.


Centered around River Valley Community College, ApprenticeshipNH is meeting the workforce needs of Western NH’s thriving manufacturing, healthcare and other emerging industries.

East Central

Centered around NHTI, Great Bay and Lakes Region Community Colleges, ApprenticeshipNH is meeting the construction and automotive workforce needs of the region.


Centered around Manchester and Nashua Community Colleges, ApprenticeshipNH is meeting the needs of Southern NH’s thriving healthcare, IT and education sectors.

Frequently asked questions

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 and Pre-apprenticeship programs. To learn more, click here.

ApprenticeshipNH is funded through federal grants from the U.S. Department of Labor and Employment and Training Administration. 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.

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. For more information, please visit:

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

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
  • Recruitment through outreach to community organizations and high schools
  • Connecting you with resources in NH that help to fund apprentice training and education

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 the Industries page on our website, or

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 the costs of starting a program. Our team can also assist you in determining your eligibility for other funding from other workforce development initiatives. These initiatives include WorkInvest, 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.

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.

Yes! We can develop apprenticeship programs for both new and existing employees.

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.

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.

A pre-apprenticeship is a program that is designed to prepare you for a registered apprenticeship. This can be in the form of education, work experience, or a combination. The pre-apprenticeship is approved by the employer/sponsor of the registered apprenticeship program. All pre-apprenticeships must be connected to a registered apprenticeship program to be recognized and supported by ApprenticeshipNH-High School.

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