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Work-based learning refers to a range of activities that involve employers and schools working together to provide students with structured learning experiences. The goal of Work Based Learning is to help students develop skills that are valuable for both further education and the workplace. By allowing students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to real-world situations, a quality program can make their school-based learning more relevant and practical. This hands-on experience can be instrumental in preparing students for their future careers.

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An Apprenticeship is employer-driven. An apprentice is an employee of the company.  An apprenticeship is an mutually beneficial partnership between an employer and individual. The employer creates a work training and wage progression opportunity for an individual to earn as they earn, ultimately leading to a full-time job. An apprenticeship can be one year to four years, based on the training required by the employer.

(18 years old or older) The mission of ApprenticeshipNC is to ensure North Carolina has an innovative, relevant, effective, and efficient workforce development system that develops adaptable, work ready, skilled talent to meet the current and future needs of workers and businesses to achieve and sustain economic prosperity. There are many types of apprenticeships programs of various duration, level of required technical education, and level of employer investment.  Depending on their design, these programs may be more attractive to specific demographics, including an employer’s existing workforce, veterans, high school, or college students.

Apprenticeship Iredell is a partnership between local industries and Mitchell Community College with a common goal of ensuring demand is met for highly skilled workers in fields related to science, technology, engineering, and math. The program marries on-the-job training with classroom instruction, allowing participants to earn as they learn. Through Apprenticeship Iredell, apprentices are hired by an industry partner and receive paid on-the-job training while attending Mitchell to earn a selected associate in applied science. As apprentices master skills there is a set wage increase. At the end of the program, the apprentice earns state and federal certifications as a journey worker, along with the industry-recognized degree from the college. 

Today’s high-tech manufacturing requires companies to have a well trained and highly skilled workforce. Apprenticeship 2000 was developed in 1995 to create a skilled workforce in the Charlotte, NC area. Our partner companies provide jobs by training apprentices for skilled trades and, in return, gain the skilled workforce needed to operate their high-tech business. Apprenticeship 2000 is a 4-year technical training program designed to develop people for highly skilled technical trades such as machinists, tool and die makers, mechatronics technicians, mold makers, and electricians. We work with highly motivated juniors and seniors from surrounding high schools. Students who qualify for Apprenticeship 2000 train for exciting technical careers with excellent pay and benefits!

(Ages 16 – 18 years old) – A pre-apprenticeship is beneficial to both students and the companies. Pre-apprenticeship is on-the-job learning where they can explore career options.  Most are paid, and students can earn one high school credit. Students can also qualify to receive college tuition waivers that cover both registration fees and tuition by the state.  The pre-apprenticeship program also opens doors to an adult apprenticeship and provides preferential job placement. Students can also earn nationally recognized and stackable credentials.

Provides Juniors and Seniors with an opportunity to participate in work-based learning experiences where a student participates in the daily operations of a worksite under the direct supervision of a business mentor. Internships provide a realistic environment within which a student intern learns about a particular industry or occupation and applies knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. Ideally, the work experience should contribute to the student’s career pathway helping the student to narrow their career choices. The program primarily targets seniors, making them eligible for one high school credit with 135 hours of work-related experience. To be eligible for an internship, students have to complete, or be enrolled in, a second level course in a CTE career pathway. For seniors, the school schedule can be worked around internship placement so the student can intern during the school day. Internships can be paid or unpaid, but some are tied to an industry credential, while others may turn into regular employment. 

Job shadowing is an experience where a job seeker or student follows and observes a professional throughout their workday. It is a great opportunity to test your compatibility with a career and make professional connections. For more information contact your school Career Development Coordinator.

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