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The Maine Apprenticeship Program (MAP) is a formal, industry-led, nationally-recognized, workforce training program for employees that provides in-house skill development through structured on-the-job learning supplemented with technical and theoretical course work.

Overview of Apprenticeship Programs

Apprenticeship combines post-secondary education with full time work, which includes valuable on-the-job learning. Apprenticeship programs can be sponsored by employers, employer associations, or labor/management groups that can hire and train in a working situation.

Employment is the most basic component of Apprenticeship. There is no "on-the-job learning" without a job, and this training represents about 90% of the program. The only eligibility criteria for Apprenticeship are that a student has a high school diploma or GED and is at least 16 years old.

Apprenticeship is an innovative, yet time-tested way for your students to receive essential occupational skills training while being paid and to further their education once they have graduated from high school. In addition, The Maine Apprenticeship Program may reimburse Apprentices up to 50% of the cost of their tuition.

The length of an Apprenticeship can vary depending on the occupation, but typically ranges from one year (2,000 hours) to five years (10,000 hours).


During their junior and/or senior years of high school, students have the chance to work part-time in an occupation of their choosing as a registered Pre-Apprentice. Pre-Apprenticeship is an excellent opportunity for high schoolers to pick up indispensable skills to jumpstart successful careers.

The occupations included in the Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship Programs require a range of diverse skills, knowledge, maturity, and independence of judgment.

Your role as an educator

The Maine Apprenticeship Program would like to form partnerships with Guidance departments, Co-op staff, Work Based Learning Programs, and other job training staff.

  • You are instrumental in identifying interested and qualified students for MAP and recommending students for the Pre-Apprenticeship Program via Work Based Learning Coordinators, Co-Op, or Job training staff.
  • Your involvement is extremely important because students need advising and recommendations about course selection and post-secondary planning.

How you can help students interested in Apprenticeship

  • Ensure a plan for graduation is in place. The student must be on track for graduation to participate in a Pre-Apprenticeship program.
  • Monitor the student’s activities, including on-the-job training and the required related instruction.
  • Call for information or assistance. You can contact your local Maine CareerCenter or you can contact the Maine's Apprenticeship Program Specialist. Remember that there are people to help you.
  • Review the apprenticeable occupation list with the students. Over 1,000 occupations fit under the Apprenticeship training model so there is bound to be something for everyone.
  • Some employers may not yet be registered sponsors of Apprenticeship. For a student to work in an Apprenticeship program, the sponsor's company must be registered with The Maine Apprenticeship Program.
    • Note: If a company does not have a registered Apprenticeship program, offer to help in the development. Your local CareerCenter or the Maine's Apprenticeship Program Specialist can also offer assistance.
  • Assist the student and company with filling out the Apprenticeship Agreement
  • Submit the Apprenticeship Agreement to your local Maine CareerCenter or the Maine's Apprenticeship Program Specialist to complete the registration.

How Apprenticeship benefits students and schools

Apprenticeship can benefit your students and your school! Apprenticeships lead to well-paying careers. Students can earn while they learn and have a guaranteed career upon high school graduation.

Apprenticeship programs also benefit schools by:

  • Expanding the curriculum and learning capabilities of secondary and post-secondary units
  • Increasing educational options by providing students with a seamless transition from high school to a career
  • Boosting student interest and retention
  • Providing you with opportunities to alter/improve curriculum to meet employer standards
  • Connecting schools with businesses within your community
  • Providing a pathway to other training opportunities
  • Making schools like yours a key component in economic development

What is related instruction?

Related instruction includes classroom and other forms of instruction and theory that reinforce on-the-job learning as part of Apprenticeships taking place post-high school. The related instruction can be during working or non-working hours and is usually about 144 hours per year. There is no requirement of related instruction for Pre-Apprentices because they are still completing their high school coursework.

Who provides related instruction?

It all depends on the sponsor's preferences, needs, and the availability of providers, but the following list provides a non-exhaustive list of related instruction sources.

  1. The sponsor through:
    • Classroom training that the company provides
    • Home study courses that they administer
    • A combination of the two above methods
  2. Equipment vendors
  3. High school CTE departments, for high school students only
  4. Area technical schools
  5. Community colleges
  6. A combination of any or all of the methods mentioned above.

Learn More

To find out more about the Maine Apprenticeship Program, contact your Maine's Apprenticeship Program Specialist.