Apprenticeship Programs

Registered apprenticeship programs are a combination of on-the-job training and instruction-based learning, with progressive wage increases as apprentices successfully reach performance metrics within their occupation. Apprentices learn by doing, and earn while learning – eventually reaching journey-level competency in their chosen field.

Essentially, you learn new skills while you earn higher wages – it’s as simple as that!

Apprenticeship Programs – Candidate FAQs

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Hands-on career training: Apprentices receive practical on-the-job training in a well-paying, family-sustaining job.

An education: Apprentices receive hands-on training resulting in improved skills and competencies, all at no or limited cost to them.

A career: Once the apprenticeship program is complete, workers are on their way to a successful long-term career with a competitive salary and little or no educational debt.

State credential: When an apprentice graduates from a career training program, he or she earns a certified portable credential accepted by industries and employers across California.

A candidate interested in applying must complete the following:

  • Resume – Trainees must submit an up-to-date resume
  • Assessment – Trainees must:
    • Pass reading comprehension and math assessment tests at a tenth grade level; and
    • Pass a hands-on lab practical
  • Interview – Trainees will be interviewed by an industry panel who will ask questions about their interest, commitment level and aptitude for the apprenticeship occupations
  • Transcripts & I-9 Documentation – Trainees may be required to submit official high school transcripts and I-9 documentation to determine eligibility for working in the United States

Based on the assessment score and interview evaluation, candidates will be placed on a ranking list for employers to view. Some requirements may be waived if an employer has already selected a candidate to sponsor.

Apprentices begin earning a paycheck from the first day of employment; it is typically about 50-60% of a journey-level person’s wage. From there, they will earn incremental raises as skill levels increase. The average wage for a fully-proficient worker who completes an apprenticeship is $50,000 annually. In addition, apprentices who complete their program earn approximately $300,000 more during their career than non-apprenticeship workers.

InTech works with a variety of manufacturing and distribution companies that range from small to large employers. Current company representatives on the apprenticeship committee include: California Steel Industries, Mitsubishi Cement and Nestle Waters.

Apprentice tuition and books are paid for by the employer.

Our registered apprenticeship training is based on a four-year program, but it is competency-based. This means that as apprentices complete certain competency skills proficiently, they may be able to progress through the program and achieve journey-level status sooner.

Apprentices must be at least 18 years old to participate.

Depending on the employer’s needs, the hours of instruction may vary each year. However, per the state standards, apprentices must complete at least 144 hours of instruction each year.

Yes! No experience is necessary. However, you must have a high aptitude for math and reading comprehension, as well as in your chosen occupation. InTech Center also offers an Industrial Electrical & Mechanical Pre-Apprenticeship program (DAS approval pending) that is specifically designed to prepare trainees for the apprenticeship program. Trainees who successfully complete this pre-apprenticeship may receive priority credits into the apprenticeship program. For more information about the pre-apprenticeship program, please contact the InTech Center Front Desk staff at (909) 652-8488 or intechcenter@chaffey.edu.

Apprentices who successfully complete the registered apprenticeship will receive a Chaffey College Certificate of Development, as well as a certificate from the state of California qualifying them at journey level in their occupation. Based on employer needs, apprentices may also receive NCCER and Amatrol certificates.

State-registered apprenticeship programs have written “standards” approved by the Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS). The standards include specific work processes to be mastered on the job, and how many hours will be spent on the job performing each work process. These are tracked through a web-based program called WorkHands.

Traditional registered apprenticeships track wage increases based on the number of hours worked by the apprentice. The Inland/Desert Non-Union Unilateral Multiemployer Apprenticeship is designed to provide more flexibility to employers through a competency-based apprenticeship. A competency-based apprenticeship is when an employer determines when apprentices reach certain performance metrics and qualify for an increase in wages. This model allows apprentices to progress at a rate that is comfortable for their skill and knowledge.

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