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How to Improve Your Odds of Getting an Apprenticeship

  • Take pre-apprenticeship programs or other skills refresher programs offered by community colleges or community-based organizations. Classes in math, reading, computer skills, and other adult basic education courses can give you an advantage.
  • Look for opportunities to earn paid or volunteer work experience - the skills you acquire could impress an apprenticeship selection committee. For example, if you wish to qualify for a construction-related apprenticeship but you lack experience, consider volunteering for Habitat for Humanity or another nonprofit organization that builds or renovates homes for low-income individuals or families.
  • Ensure you’ll pass the drug and alcohol tests that are often required as part of the selection criteria and given randomly to workers.
  • Ensure that you have an excellent work record that shows a selection committee that you’ll be a reliable worker, someone who will show up for work and classes on time every day. Develop back-up transportation and day care arrangements that enable you to do this. Demonstrate good teamwork skills, a willingness to follow directions, and excellent safety record.

To begin your search for apprenticeship opportunities, please visit your nearest One-Stop Career Center.