Registered Apprenticeship (RA) is a structured education and training program that takes place in the workplace and includes formal on-the-job (OJT) training and classroom-based, related technical instruction (RTI). An apprentice is a full-time, paid employee of the sponsoring organization from the start of the program. An apprenticeship generally includes at least 2,000 hours of OJT and a recommended 144 hours of related technical instruction (RTI).

An apprenticeship is not an internship, nor is it a short-term training program. Apprentices work full-time and are paid a wage that is typically at or above minimum wage regulations, but may begin below that of the incumbent (experienced) employee. As the apprentice hits milestones such as completing a certain number of program hours or demonstrating job competencies, his or her wages increase according to the agreement signed by the employer and the apprentice at the beginning of the program.

Key elements of a registered apprenticeship program are:

  • The apprentice is a full-time, benefit-receiving, paid employee of the sponsoring organization.
  • The apprenticeship program includes at least 2,000 hours of On-the-Job (OJT) training and 144 hours of Related Technical Instruction (RTI), which can take place in a classroom at the workplace or at a local college or education provider.
  • The apprentice must be paid at least the minimum wage, with wages progressing as the apprentice moves through the program.
  • On-the-job training must be structured, planned and coordinated and cannot simply be a job shadowing experience or a short-term employee induction program. 


As the recipient of a $4 million CareerAdvance USA Grant, County College of Morris (CCM) is partnering with Mercer County Community College (MCCC) and other schools to offer training and apprenticeship programs for those looking to build rewarding and well-paying careers in the high-demand field of Advanced Manufacturing!

As a CareerAdvance USA apprentice, you will “earn while you learn” during training, and gain valuable knowledge and hands-on skills to enable you to begin a successful career in advanced manufacturing. During your participation, you will also have the opportunity to gain college credits which can applied to a certificate or degree program, should you decide to continue your studies.

Advanced manufacturing apprenticeships are available to anyone, including those who may have basic or very limited knowledge of the field. Interested participants can take part in one or both of the following:

  1. Pre-Apprenticeship Boot Camp: This training typically runs between four to nine weeks, totaling about 20 hours a week. Boot camps are for those who need to be trained in the basics of machine learning.
  2. Apprenticeship Program: Apprentices are hired by a company to take part in on-the-job training, while receiving related technical instruction for about one year. During an apprenticeship, participants are trained at the company, as well as at MCCC’s campus. Apprenticeships are typically grant-funded, which means there is no cost to the participant. This structured program allows companies to hire qualified apprentices permanently after the apprenticeship is successfully completed.

Apprenticeships are also available to companies that want to provide current employees with additional training and opportunities for advancement.

For more information on CareerAdvance USA Apprenticeships in Advanced Manufacturing, please contact Shan Bercaw at

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  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Must be a US citizen or hold a valid green card (SSN is required)



The New Jersey HealthWorks Scaling Apprenticeship Program is helping to educate and mentor thousands of workers in New Jersey’s healthcare industry. Start a new career in healthcare in as little as five months through no-cost healthcare training.  Prepare to earn a national credential, while getting real-life workplace experience. Earn while you learn!

Apprenticeships are all about learning while doing, and learning from others in your industry. You get a chance to put your skills into practice and gain more confidence in a working environment. Once accepted to the program, you will be placed with an employer who will pay you a salary and assign you a mentor and Success Coach. The New Jersey HealthWorks Grant covers the cost of your training. You will get a jump start on a career while earning recognized industry credentials.

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  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Must be a US citizen or hold a valid green card (SSN is required)