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Apprenticeship programs for youth between the ages of 16-24 combine academic and technical classroom instruction with work experience. These programs provide the foundation to choose among multiple pathways — enroll in post-secondary education, begin full-time employment or do a combination of both. In 2019, there were over 100,000 youth apprentices registered nationwide, many of which were in high-growth industries like healthcare, public administration and manufacturing.

Why You Should Consider an Apprenticeship for Your Child

  • Apprenticeships are jobs: Unlike most internships, apprentices are paid employees. An apprenticeship provides a young worker with an immediate job, steadily rising wages and a gateway into a successful and sustainable long-term career.
  • Apprentices earn higher wages: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, apprentices who complete their program earn approximately $300,000 more over their career than non-apprenticeship participants.
  • Apprentices gain an education with little or no debt: In many apprenticeship programs, apprentices can earn college credit for their coursework and on-the-job training. This credit can lead to an associate’s degree and, depending on the industry, may also contribute to a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
  • Apprenticeships create a pathway to middle-class jobs for those without a four-year degree: Apprenticeships offer high school graduates a path to a well-paying, middle-class career that does not require them to obtain a four-year degree. Too many people mistakenly believe that earning a four-year degree is the only way to achieve economic mobility.

Occupations for Registered Apprenticeship

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Talent Ready Apprenticeship Connection

TRAC youth apprenticeships are designed to provide meaningful work experience for students engaged in learning the skills they need for a successful career.

Utah Career Pathways

Learn more about Career and Technical Education opportunities in Utah that provide students with career-focused programs and result in the attainment of nationally-recognized credentials.

Find even more answers and resources on Apprenticeship.Gov

YouScience Aptitude & Career Discovery 

Explore aptitudes with your child, review personalized career matches, and develop affirming language to better highlight assets in interviews, resumes, etc. Utah students already have an account with their school. 

Use Your Child's my529 Account

Your child can use their my529 account to pay for costs associated with their apprenticeship program including fees, books, supplies and equipment required for participation.