Apprenticeship: A Strategy to a Career Pathway

What is Apprenticeship


Apprenticeships are a strategy to help individuals to connect to a career pathway for many different occupations. It is a work-based learning model, commonly referred to as a “learn and earn” model, where on-the-job training is combined with relevant classroom instruction. The apprentice progressively acquires new skills and applies these learned skills on the job under the supervision of a mentor. Upon completion of the program, the apprentice receives an industry recognized credential.
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What Is Apprenticeship Chart

Illinois Apprenticeship Plus Framework


Illinois Apprenticeship Plus Framework


Illinois Apprentices and Apprenticeships


Debunking Myths About Apprenticeship


Debunking Myths About Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship Week


​November 13-19, 2017: National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is a National Celebration that offers business, labor, education, and other critical partners a chance to show their support for Apprenticeship. It also gives apprenticeship sponsors the opportunity to showcase their programs, facilities, and apprentices in their community. This highlights the benefits of Apprenticeship in preparing a highly-skilled workforce to meet the talent needs of employers across diverse industries.

Apprenticeship Week Profiles


Rachida Belsifar, Apprentice
Location: Chicago

Name of Program:
Accenture’s Chicago Apprenticeship Program

Academic Partner:
City Colleges of Chicago

Brief Overview of your Program:
Accenture has paid apprenticeships that provide work experience, skills development and technical education in a program that’s tailored to the needs of local communities. In Chicago, Accenture recruits apprentices pursuing associate’s degrees to take part in a one-year program to develop skills and proficiency in high-demand fields, such as IT and cybersecurity, providing on-the-job learning, mentoring and potentially an offer of full-time employment at the end of it.

What are the goals for your participation in this program?
I hope to learn as much as possible, expand my responsibilities and be part of a team.  I look forward to continuing to build on my market-relevant skills.

What have you found to be the largest benefit of your apprenticeship program?
My apprenticeship is providing hands-on work experience and an opportunity to learn new technologies, develop my skills, and advance my professional career. In addition, I feel supported and comfortable in my work environment with being part development trainings, taking on responsibility, people asking for my input in all areas of involvement and being included in social and fun activities around the workplace.

Is there anything else you would like to add?
The apprenticeship program is a great opportunity to build on what I learned at City Colleges as I enter the workforce and gain on-the-job experience.

See all Apprenticeship Profiles from National Apprenticeship Week

Governor's Support


The Governor’s Cabinet on Children and Youth chose the Apprenticeship Plus initiative as one of its inaugural projects to provide youth and students with the opportunity to learn about and have the ability to obtain high-quality, industry-recognized credentials utilizing work-based learning models within a specific career pathway that will lead to self-sufficiency.


Governor Rauner with thyssenkrupp Youth Apprentices

Alignment with Education System


Alignment with the Education System Diagram