Apprenticeship by the Numbers in Illinois

Active Apprentices


Registered Programs


New Apprentices


New Programs

What is an Apprenticeship?

​Apprenticeships are an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals obtain paid work experience and receive progressive wage increases and classroom instruction.
Source: ApprenticeshipUSA, U.S. DOL
Registered and non-registered apprenticeship programs should include 7 key elements.
  • Industry Led: Programs are industry-vetted and approved to ensure alignment with industry standards that apprentices are trained for highly skilled, high-demand occupations.
  • Paid Job: Apprenticeships are jobs! Apprentices earn progressive wages as their skills and productivity increase.
  • Structured On-the-Job Learning/Mentorship: Programs provide structured on-the-job training to prepare for a successful career, which includes instruction from an experienced mentor.
  • Supplemental Education: Apprentices receive supplemental classroom education based on the employers' unique training needs to ensure quality and success.
  • Diversity: Programs are designed to reflect the communities in which they operate through strong non-discrimination, anti-harassment, and recruitment practices to ensure access, equity, and inclusion.
  • Quality & Safety: Apprentices are afforded worker protection while receiving rigorous training to be equipped with the skills needed to succeed and the proper training and supervision needed to be safe.
  • Credentials: Apprentices earn a portable, nationally recognized credential within their industry.

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Monthly Bulletin
​Check out the Apprenticeship Illinois Monthly Bulletin: August 2023. For previous updates, visit the IWIB Apprenticeship Illinois Committee section on the Information Center page.

Apprenticeship Success Stories

Success Stories highlight how apprenticeship programs helped:
  • Individual succeed in completing a program to reach their career, training, and/or employment goals.
  • Business participation led to business change and growth in the workforce.
  • Community change or growth and impact on the local workforce.

Apprenticeship Events

View this one-page handout to add events to the calendar below.

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Nationally recognized network of apprenticeship champions through the U.S. Department of Labor.

Apprenticeship Illinois Core WIOA Partners
Apprenticeship IL Partners