Explore Apprenticeships

Registered Apprenticeship is a tried-and-true approach for preparing workers for jobs -- and meeting the business needs for high-skilled workforce that continues to innovate and adapt to meet the needs of the 21st century.

Registered Apprenticeship is an employer-driven model that combined on-the-job learning with related classroom instruction that increases an apprentice's skill level and wages. Apprenticeship is a flexible training strategy that can be customized to meet the needs of every business. It can be integrated into current training and human resource development strategies. Apprenticeship is also an “earn while you learn” model - apprentices receive a paycheck from day one, so they earn wages while they learn on the job.

Benefits of Apprenticeship

Benefits to employers

  • Highly skilled employees
  • Reduced turnover costs and training costs
  • Higher/increased productivity
  • More diverse workforce
  • Attract adequate number of highly qualified applicants
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Improve community and employee relations
  • Ensure availability of related technical instruction

Benefits for Workers

  • Increased skills
  • Higher wages
  • National credentials
  • Career advancement

SkillSource (fiscal agent for the North Central Workforce Development Council) in partnership with the Apple STEM Network and numerous regional partners was awarded funding to increase capacity for high quality career-connected learning across the state.

Apprenticeship Business Champions

Business champions have demonstrated success and are well versed in apprenticeship and connecting youth to careers.

Chelan PUD
Douglas County PUD
Confluence Health
Columbia Valley Community Health

Contact information:

Dennis Conger
Career & Technical Education Director
Wenatchee School District

Susan Adams
Center Manager