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Apprenticeship Info

 Apprenticeship Opportunities for High School Students and Adults

Apprenticeship related instruction courses at Hunterdon County Vocational School District
Apprenticeship programs vary from being a one to four-year program. The Adult & Continuing Education offers several evening adult programs that have been designed to meet the US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship related instruction requirements.    Students can begin to take related instruction as young as 16 years of age. Although it is ideal for students to begin employment in the field while taking the related instruction, it is not a requirement.
The structured apprenticeship programs that are offered are automotive, culinary, electrical and plumbing. Classes typically are two nights per week during the fall and spring semesters.  Several of our related instruction programs use a blended approach of face-to-face instruction along with an online component.  Whether you are a registered or non-registered apprentice, students are responsible to meet minimum attendance requirements, which is 144 hours per year.  
Automotive, electrical and plumbing apprenticeship requires 4 years (2,000 hours per year) of on-the-job training and 4-years (576 hours) of classroom related instruction.   Culinary Arts apprenticeship requires 3 years (2,000 hours per year) of on-the-job training and 3 years (432 hours) of classroom related instruction. Typically our programs are offered for two nights a week for three hours per night.
Apprenticeship Opportunities for High School Students
For students who are interested in a making a smooth transition from high school directly to a post-secondary apprenticeship program can contact Tanya Nalesnik 908-284-1444 x 2104. This is ideal for Polytech's culinary and automotive high school students because they will receive credit for work hours and/or related instruction towards their apprenticeship program.
To complete their apprenticeship program, students must continue or obtain employment and continue their related instruction after graduation.  Evening related instruction courses provided by Polytech are culinary arts, automotive, electrical, and plumbing. For our automotive program, the related instruction may include industry recognized certifications such as Automotive Service Excellence. Related instruction for other occupations may be provided by Polytech or other post-secondary institutions depending on the occupation. The County Apprenticeship Coordinator can help guide you through the process and share opportunities in other occupational fields. 
Basic Apprenticeship Information
The United States Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship, offers a structured employment system that combines on-the-job training with classroom related instruction. The apprenticeship system is most notable with trade unions in the construction field however there are over 1,000 occupations that are apprenticeable in union and non-union employment. Apprenticeship Certificate programs range from one to five years depending on the occupation and are recognized throughout the entire country. High school students can begin to work toward an apprenticeship while still in school by taking a related program in high school during the day or an adult education program in the evening. For more information contact your County Apprenticeship office at 908-788-1119 x 2007 or cshockley@hcvsd.org
Apprenticeship blends classroom instruction along with on-the-job training by expert craftsman in their field. It is a voluntary arrangement between an employer (sponsor) and employee (apprentice).  The Adult & Continuing Education provides related training courses in automotive, culinary, electrical and plumbing. The apprentice, as well as his/her employer, will be registered with the United States Department of Labor when an agreement is signed.
How is the on-the-job training structured?
Apprentices work in paid employment under the supervision of a qualified journey worker, while learning all aspects of the trade.   One year of full-time employment equals 2,000 hours, so therefore a 4- year program will require 8,000 hours of on-the-job training.
How do you become a registered apprentice?
To eligible to become a registered apprentice you must be working in the field with an employer who is willing to sponsor you.  Your employer must contact the US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship or the County Apprenticeship Coordinator as soon as you both decide to register. There are no fees to register as an apprentice and should be done early in the process. 
What is the difference between union and non-union apprenticeships?
The County’s Apprenticeship Coordinator typically registers students that are employed for non-union companies. However union employees have also participated. Related instruction is taken with a public post-secondary institution. Union organizations, typically in the trade areas, will provide employment within their local union and provide the training at their own facility.
What does the apprentice receive when they complete the Apprenticeship program?                                                                                                                                                      
Successful graduates receive a nationally recognized Certificate of Completion from the US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship. This certification is recognized throughout the entire country, and for some states in particular occupations, is a requirement in becoming licensed.
For more information on Apprenticeship programs, contact Christina Shockley 908-788-1119 x 2007 or cshockley@hcvsd.org

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