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An apprenticeship is a type of paid, on-the-job training. It can help you enter a high-skill career.

Apprenticeships are part job, part training. You apply for an apprenticeship at a specific employer. Once accepted, you become an apprentice. You earn wages during your apprenticeship program. You work, but you also learn the skills needed to work in that occupation. Apprentices are trained by master craftsmen, who are experts in their field. Apprentices also take classes classroom lessons to make sure they master all aspects of the job. There are apprenticeships many different jobs: from high-tech manufacturing to health care.

If you are interested in learning a trade hands-on by shadowing a professional and training while you work, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the VA. The VA provides a comprehensive list of employers, by state, that offer apprenticeships (note that on this page you will need to select “on-the-job training/apprenticeship” next to “Program type.”)

Find more information about apprenticeship programs in your state