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Workforce Development, Department of Commerce

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NCWorks Apprenticeship

Employers who want to gain highly skilled workers should consider working with NCWorks Apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships offer several advantages to businesses. By training an apprentice in a way that most effectively meets your needs, employers can strengthen their companies by investing in an apprentice who will use his or her skills to make them stronger.

How It Works

Employers who are interested in starting an apprenticeship program at their company should contact the bureau (see below). A consultant will arrange a time to meet with interested businesses. Employers must be registered before they can take on apprentices.

Apprentices will be trained both in the classroom and at the job. Employers will be responsible for determining his or her work schedule.

For each apprentice, companies will work with the bureau to develop a written agreement that specifies the length of the training, the related technical instruction, an outline of the skills to be learned, and the wages the apprentice will earn. All written agreements must be approved by the N.C. Department of Commerce.

Employers can also ask to be approved to take on veterans who draw benefits under the GI Bill.

How to Apply

For more information, contact an NCWorks Apprenticeship regional specialist.

More Information

The FAQ page has answers to general questions about the apprenticeship program.

State Fair Contests

If you have apprentices, then you can register them for the annual N.C. State Fair Apprenticeship Contests. Applications for the electrical contest are due by September 1, 2016; all other applications are due by September 18. Apprentices can compete in the following industries:

Questions can be submitted to NCWorks Apprenticeship by e-mailing apprenticeshipemail@nccommerce.com, or by calling 919-814-0303.

Public Comments Requested

Notice of Comment Period for 04 NCAC 22 Apprenticeship and Training Division: Comments on the determinations of 04 NCAC 22 Apprentice and Training Division may be directed to: Division of Workplace Solutions, Apprenticeship and Training Council, 313 Chapanoke Road, Suite 120, Raleigh, NC 27603 or email beth.friedrich@nccommerce.com, (919) 814-4607. You can view the determinations here.

“Public comment” is defined by G.S. 150B-21.3A(a)(5) as a written objection to all or part of a rule.  Additionally, pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A(c)(2), in order for the Rules Review Commission to determine whether the public comment has merit, the public comment must address the specific substance of the rule and address any of the standards of Commission review, as set forth in G.S. 150B-21.9(a).


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