What Is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is an earn while you learn opportunity. Apprenticeship combines on-the-job training and related classroom instruction, all while getting paid!

Apprenticeship allows you to grow into your profession while learning the skills needed to succeed in a high-demand career. Apprenticeship is a unique workforce solution for both employers and job seekers.

How Does Apprenticeship Work?

  • Apprenticeship is a partnership between an employer who offers on-the-job training / apprenticeship position, the apprentice who agrees to work for the employer, a technical college or training group who offers the related instruction, and The State of Wisconsin, Department of Workforce Development, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Standards
  • The apprentice works with a variety of skilled workers for a specified number of year/hours.
  • Each apprentice is required to take designated related instruction throughout their apprenticeship, usually provided through the technical college.
  • Apprenticeship training may also require additional courses, usually offered on evenings or weekends.

Hear From Our Apprentices

The Apprenticeship program at NTC provides participants with the opportunity to learn the necessary skills and spend more time in their field while getting paid. Hear from apprentices and learn how the hands-on experiences combined with related instruction helps to prepare them for their future careers.
Tool & Die Maker Apprentice

John Rupple

John Rupple was given the opportunity to learn about tool and die making by his employer, Greenheck. John shares how his apprenticeship journey has helped him to advance in his career without having to incur any expenses for classroom instruction.
Plumbing Apprentice

Brady Tlusty

Brady Tlusty has been helping out around his uncle’s plumbing business since he was young, and that first-hand experience led to his interest in the field as a career. Instruction at NTC has provided useful background knowledge and helped him connect with and learn from others working in the field.
Plumbing Apprentice

Richard Frahm

Richard Frahm works for his family’s business, focusing on the service aspect of plumbing. After graduating college, he realized he was looking for a more hands-on experience. Richard switched career paths and entered the Apprenticeship program to pursue a career that fulfills him.

Apprenticeship Programs

An auto repair person is using a tool to polish the headlight of a vehicle.

Auto Collision Technician

The Auto Collision Technician Apprenticeship provides hands-on training and related instruction preparing apprentices for the auto collision repair industry.
Diesel technician installing piston into engine

Diesel Technician

Diesel Technician apprentices diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul buses and trucks, or maintain and repair any type of diesel engines.
Two Electrical & Instrumentation Apprenticeship students sit together working on a project

Electrical & Instrumentation

Electrical & Instrumentation Technicians install, service, troubleshoot and perform preventive and predictive maintenance functions on equipment.
Someone using a laptop on a desk to analyze data using various charts and graphs.

IT — Data Analyst

The primary role of a Data Analyst is to collect and organize data to provide business insight. Data analysts are typically involved with selecting, integrating, querying, and aggregating data, and conducting a range of analytical studies on that data.
An IT Service Desk Technician with with an opened computer case troubleshoots a hardware issue.

IT — Service Desk Technician

An IT Service Desk Technician is responsible for fielding incoming technical support communications and tickets, troubleshooting issues, communicating over the phone, email, chat, resolving help inquiries.
Student working on a computer in the NTC iTEC

IT — Software Developer

Software Developers develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs.
Many wires connected on a circuit board

Industrial Electrician

Industrial Electricians are highly skilled individuals who safely install, service and troubleshoot equipment, and perform preventative and predictive maintenance functions.
A lubrication specialist is connecting hoses to a machine inside of an industrial factory.

Lubrication Technician

Lubrication Technician apprentices work with industrial machinery and equipment components to apply lubricants required to proper operation.
A student apprentice is operating a machine


Machinists are highly skilled individuals who use machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines and machining centers, to produce precision machined parts.
A student wearing a blue jumpsuit and a yellow hardhat is tightening a bolt with a wrench

Maintenance Technician

Maintenance Technicians are highly skilled individuals who safely perform mechanical and electrical duties to keep machines, equipment, or the structure of a facility in repair.
Two Medical Assistant students practicing their skills as an instructor looks on.

Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant apprentices perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes.
A worker in a blue coverall and orange gloves is using a wrench on large pipes.

Millwright / Maintenance Mechanic

Maintenance mechanics, millwrights and machine repairers fabricate, install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints or other drawings.
An apprentice is being shown how to create metal plumbing pipes.


Plumbing apprentices plan, install, troubleshoot, and repair all aspects of water supply, waste, and vent systems, as well as gaseous fuel systems, following the Wisconsin Administrative Plumbing Code.
A close up view of a Tool and Die making machine

Tool and Die Maker

Tool and die makers analyze specifications, lay out metal stock, set up and operate machine tools, and fit and assemble parts to make and repair dies, gauges, jigs, fixtures (devices that hold metal while it is shaped, stamped or drilled), gauges and machinist’s hand tools.

Ready to Get Started or Want to Learn More?

In order to get started, you must meet the application requirements for your specific apprenticeship program. For more information about the process, contact our Admissions team.