Military to Maritime: Apprenticeship
For former servicemembers, registered apprenticeship programs are a great way to enter the maritime and transportation industry and build upon the skills you learned while in the military, all while earning a competitive salary and benefits. Employers in all four segments of the maritime and transportation industry offer registered apprenticeship programs.
You will need to apply for an apprenticeship program and the selection process can be competitive. If accepted you will be enrolled in a 3-5 year program where you combine both on-the-job training with practical apprentice-related instruction (ARI) offered by a local community college partner. Your apprentice program sponsor will pay for your training costs and will increase your wages as your skill level improved. During your apprenticeship you will be...
...employed full-time with the sponsor company,
...learning a skill under the supervision of an experienced craft mentor,
...earning a competitive wage with incremental increases, and
...enjoying attractive benefits such as paid vacation and holidays, health insurance, and more.
Some companies have agreements with community colleges to give apprentices college credit for ARI coursework completed. You may be able to accumulate college credit to earn a college certificate in your specific skill area. Some programs even allow apprentices to "stack" their academic credentials to go on an earn an Associates (A.S. or A.A.S.) degree! As a graduated apprentice you will also earn the nationally-recognized DOLI (Department of Labor and Industry) Journeyman’s card. A Journeyman's card is a national certification that proves to employers you are highly-skilled and educated in your craft area with 8,000 hours in the field and 700 hours in the classroom. Having a Journeyman's card guarantees that you will earn competitive pay and benefits with any industry employer in the U.S.