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If you are a searching for educational options besides a four-year college degree, the Maine Apprenticeship Program (MAP) may be just what you are searching for.

In MAP, you EARN WHILE YOU LEARN.

What is the Maine Apprenticeship Program and what does it do?

The Maine Apprenticeship Program combines on-the-job learning with related education that reinforces what you learn on the job. Some apprentices may receive college credit for courses taken. MAP may reimburse a portion of your tuition costs. Apprentices who successfully complete all Maine Apprenticeship Program requirements receive a Certification of Completion of Apprenticeship from the Maine Apprenticeship Program.

According to Federal Statute, an apprenticeable occupation is a skilled occupation that:

  1. Is typically learned practically through a structured program of 2000 hours per year of supervised on-the-job learning
  2. Is clearly identified and commonly recognized through an industry
  3. Involves specialized skills and knowledge that require a minimum number of hours as directed by the schedule of on-the-job work experience
  4. Requires related instruction classes to supplement on-the-job learning 

Did you know that completing an Apprenticeship can be as rewarding, both financially and personally, as completing a four-year degree program?

The Maine Apprenticeship Program contributes to:

  • Growth in your income
  • Increase in your lifelong learning
  • Increase in jobs that pay a livable wage

How long does an Apprenticeship last?

Most Apprenticeships range from one year (2,000 hours) to five years (10,000 hours), depending upon the occupation involved.

How do I prepare myself to qualify for an Apprenticeship?

To qualify for the program, you must: (1) be at least 16 years old, and (2) have a high school diploma or GED.

A great way to get off to the right start in your quest to become an Apprentice is to plan ahead. Explore different occupations and learn about the skills needed in those fields and the types of tasks performed.

Also, talk about your career ambitions with other people. This is a great way to discover connections to someone who has ties to the field and could answer questions and help you decide if it is the career for you.

Learn more

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