Apprenticeships

What is Apprenticeship?

  1. Registered apprenticeship is an agreement between an employer and who needs a skilled worker and an employee (the apprentice) who wants to “earn while learning” a skilled occupation.
  2. Apprentices take trade specific classes to earn the necessary classroom hours required to complete the apprenticeship.
  3. Apprenticeship combines paid, on-the-job training with classroom instruction to prepare individuals for the jobs of the 21st century.

If you are currently employed as a tradesman or skilled technician, talk to your employer today about the benefits of participating in the apprenticeship program.Download-Banner-A

Benefits of Apprenticeship for the Student:

  • Receive high quality mentoring and education
  • Earn while you learn
  • Earn a nationally recognized Certificate of Completion
  • Immediate qualification to sit for Journeyman License
  • average enjoy higher lifetime earnings

Benefits of Apprenticeship for the Employer:

  • Free to the employer
  • Training standards can be tailored to the employers individual needs
  • Training Increases productivity by cultivating a highly skilled and knowledgeable workforce
  • Allows companies to promote from within and increase retention
  • Strengthens bond between management, supervisors and employees and promotes teamwork

Check out the apprenticeship videos below for more information on student and employer benefits:

Student Benefits Video                                   Employer Benefits Video

 

 

In-Demand Skilled Trade Apprenticeship Classes Available at LFCC Workforce Solutions:

Electrical

OJT: 8,000 hrs (4yrs) and Classroom: 576 hrs (Electrical Levels 1-4)
Recommendation: Take our electrical apprenticeship classes to satisfy your training.

See Course Overviews for Electrical Year 1, 2, 3, and 4 Apprenticeship
Click Here for Course Overviews for Electrical Apprenticeship

Learn more/register with currently enrolling Electrical classes.

HVAC (Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning)

OJT: 8,000 hrs (4yrs) and Classroom: 576 hrs (HVAC Levels 1-4)
Recommendation: Take our HVAC apprenticeship classes in conjunction with the Core Craft Skills class to satisfy your training.

See Course Overviews for HVAC Year 1, 2, 3, and 4 Apprenticeship
Click Here for Course Overviews for HVAC Apprenticeship

Learn more/register with currently enrolling HVAC classes.

Plumbing

OJT: 8,000 hrs (4yrs) and Classroom: 576 hrs (Plumbing Levels 1-4)
Recommendation: Take our Plumbing Apprenticeship Program along with the Core Craft Skills class to satisfy your training.

See Course Overviews for Plumbing Year 1, 2, 3, and 4 Apprenticeship
Click Here for Course Overviews for Plumbing Apprenticeship

Learn more/register with currently enrolling Plumbing classes.

Manufacturing Technician (MT1)

OJT: 3,000 hrs (18 months) and Classroom: 216 hrs
Recommendation: Start with our Manufacturing Technician Fast Track Program or start a registered apprenticeship with the American Apprenticeship Grant.  Contact Sherry Pinto to learn more:spinto@lfcc.edu or 540-869-0754
Learn more/register – Manufacturing Technician Fast Track Program Page

Multi-Craft Technician – Industrial Maintenance

OJT: 8,000 hrs (4yrs) and Classroom: 576 hrs – See Our Classes at a Glance –
Recommendation: Take our Multi-Craft Classes to customize your own theory needs for your specific apprenticeship.
Learn more/register – see our Multi-Craft Classes Training Guide.

Small Engine Mechanic – Power Mechanics

OJT: 6,000 (3 yrs) and Classroom: 432
Recommendation: Take our Certified Power Mechanics Program
Learn more about our small engine classes.

Combination Welding

OJT: 4,000 hrs and Classroom: 288
Recommendation: Take our Certified Welder Program
Learn more/register with currently enrolling classes.

Cosmetology

OJT: 3,000 hrs (1 1/2 yrs) and Classroom: 144 hrs
Recommendation: Take our fast-paced cosmetology theory class to satisfy your 144 hours.
Learn more/register with currently enrolling classes.
Scholarships Available! A limited number of scholarships available. Download the Scholarship Application – Salon Emage Scholarship Application

Find Apprenticeship Sponsored Employers

You can identify registered sponsors/employers in the area with the Virginia Department of Labor website. Click Here

Local Apprenticeship Representatives

 

Sherry Pinto, LFCC Workforce Solutions American Apprenticeship Grant
Contact her at spinto@lfcc.edu or 540-869-0754

Todd Cook, Apprenticeship Consultant
Contact him at Todd.Cook@doli.virginia.gov  or  (540) 248-9280 Ext. 25
Counties served with Apprenticeship include:
Albemarle, Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Culpeper, Fluvanna,  Greene, Highland, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Page, Rappahannock, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah, City of Charlottesville.

Miguel Granillo-Cordova, Apprenticeship Consultant
Contact her at Miguel.Granillo@doli.virginia.gov or  (703) 392-0900 Ext. 108
Counties served with Apprenticeship include:
Fauquier, King George, Spotsylvania, Stafford. Cities of Alexandria, Fredericksburg

Marco Pineda, Apprenticeship Consultant
Contact him at Marco.Pineda@doli.virginia.gov or (540) 784-4438

Counties served include:
Clark, Culpeper, Frederick, Loudon, Madison, Page, Rappahannock, Warren, City of Winchester

Virginia Licensing and Classroom Training 

State licensing should be the goal for all tradesmen.  See below for quicker completion options IF you have three or more years of experience in your trade.

Quick Completion Options:

State licensing should be the goal for tradesmen such as electricians, HVAC-R technicians, and plumbers. Each of these trades require a minimum of 240 hours of classroom instruction in addition to four years of field experience as a helper to be eligible to sit for journeyman license. Classroom hours must be formal instruction from a state recognized entity, such as LFCC Workforce Solutions. Our apprenticeship classes are specifically designed to advance a worker from helper to skilled professional.

If you already have five or more years of experience in the trade, you can bypass the traditional four-year apprenticeship and focus directly on qualifying for your journeyman license exam. Virginia allows classroom credit for experienced workers at a rate of 80 hours per year of experience over four years.

Common  Q and A’s:

Question: Is it necessary for an apprentice to perform the classroom instruction at the very same time as the on-the-job training?

Answer: Absolutely not, you can start the apprenticeship program with either classroom “craft training” or you on-the-job training under your employer.

Question: If I took my classroom training first before my apprenticeship began, how many years back is my classroom training valid?

Answer: Course work taken within 5 years will count. Course work taken beyond five years from the time an apprentice registers will not be accepted