Why Youth Apprenticeships? Information for Students and Parents

Learn more about the benefits of apprenticeship for students

What Are Youth Apprenticeships?

Youth apprenticeships provide opportunities for students ages 16 to 21 in high school and postsecondary education. Apprenticeships combine academic and technical instruction with paid work experience across many sectors, such as IT, health care, and energy industries. In a Registered Apprenticeship program, apprentices can gain a federal certificate of completion, a professional network, and valuable skills that can help them find a high-paying job in the future.

Why Are Apprenticeships Good Opportunities for Students?

Apprenticeships can build pathways to opportunities for many young people entering the workforce in the US and around the world. Unlike other work-based learning opportunities, apprenticeships offer structured job training, supplemental education, and mentorship, all while advancing students toward earning a competitive income. According to data from the US Department of Labor, “the average wage for a fully-proficient worker who completes an apprenticeship is $70,000 annually.” With the rising cost of higher education, an apprenticeship can provide both a debt-free avenue to a career and give students more financial stability throughout their apprenticeship program. Apprenticeships are also successful in transitioning students directly from school to work; 94 percent of apprentices are employed after completing their programs.

How Can Students Find Registered Youth Apprenticeship Opportunities?

As a student, finding a registered apprenticeship opportunity can be challenging. Guidance counselors and career advisors often know about possible opportunities. State apprenticeship agencies also work to connect students with employers who host registered apprenticeship programs, and such employers can be found using the US Department of Labor’s Apprenticeship Finder. Our Urban team can also connect students with available opportunities. To find out more, email us at apprenticeship@urban.org.