Registered apprenticeship training includes both supervised on-the-job training through real work experience and related technical instruction in the classroom. Apprentices are paid during their training, a unique “earn while you learn” model.
These Apprenticeship programs are designed to develop high-quality, skilled and employable workers — keep reading to learn more about some of the benefits of doing a trade apprenticeship, and to download the MADTA “Apprenticeship Opportunities in the Trades” pamphlet, which goes into detail about the programs available in Montana, their requirements, what classes they recommend a high schooler take to prepare themselves for the program, and more!
The Montana Apprenticeship and Training Directors Association puts out an “Apprenticeship Opportunities in the Trades” pamphlet that outlines everything you need to know about apprenticeship programs in Montana, from how the various programs are set up, to the benefits afforded to apprentices, the pay structure, what classes you may want to take in high school to prepare yourself for a specific program, and more.
The handbook covers how an apprenticeship program operates, including:
It also explains the benefits provided to apprentices, including:
Each program will have different application processes and requirements, so it’s important to track the specific requirements of the program you are interested in. If you have more questions about a program or a career in a particular trade, you can find contact information in the handbook as well!
Apprenticeships in skilled trades are advanced education and offer young people many advantages, including:
How an Apprentice Program Operates:
The term on an apprenticeship will vary, ranging from three to five years depending on the specific trade. Wages paid the apprentice are usually a percentage of the journeyman rate, customarily starting at 50% or higher, and increasing progressively every 1000 or so hours through completion of the apprenticeship, at which time the journeyman rate will be received.
Apprentices must attend classes of related technical instruction, supplementing their training on the job, to give them a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical aspects of their work. This related technical instruction is a fundamental feature of apprenticeship. Classes may be conducted on weekends, during the off-season months, or in the evenings. In class, apprentices learn the basic theories of their trade; on the job, under the direction and supervision of a skilled journeyman, they learn its practice.
The MATDA Apprenticeship Opportunities in the Trades handbook has information on the following apprenticeship programs offered in the state of Montana:
Construction Craft Laborer
Electrician – Inside Wireman
Machinist – Automotive Machinist
Sheet Metal Worker