Graphic from Construction Apprenticeship Guidebook
Apprenticeships are available in hundreds of positions ranging from Accounting Clerk to Machinist, Firefighter to Graphic Arts Technician, Boat Builder to Sheet Metal Worker. See Become an Apprentice and browse the hundreds of occupations in our state with the Find an Apprenticeship tool. Many apprenticeships lead to well-paying, high-demand jobs. Our buildings will always need maintenance; our airplanes and ferries and boats will always need to be put together; our children will always need to be taken care of; our offices will always need workers.
Most apprenticeships require a high school diploma or GED and have minimum ages of 17 or 18.
Washington State Labor and Industries Department functions as Apprenticeship central for the state, listing both preparation programs and full apprenticeship programs. See links and files below.
Offers 11-week free training programs for construction trades. Partners with several apprenticeship programs and provides job search & interview support.
FREE 10-week Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Program leads to a certificate in Construction Trades Apprenticeship Preparation. This program, held at a training facility near Paine Field, helps improve basic construction-applicable skills and includes employment coaching. Must be 18+. See link or view Edmonds Pre-Apprenticeship Program Intro.
Level Up Masonry Trades trains Bricklayers, Finishers, Marble Masons, Refractory Workers, Restoration Specialists, Stone Masons, and Terazzo Workers. Training is both on-the-job and in class. First year apprentices start at $22/ hour with benefits. Must be 18 and have a driver's license.
Several healthcare agencies in the area have their own Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Programs: Virginia Mason, Kaiser Permanente, Washington Association for Community Health. Timelines and current programs vary. The link provided is only one of the programs available.
Nine-month certificate program includes training to pass the certification exam and get a job in this high-demand field.
The Puget Sound Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee oversees training programs required to receive certifications in Inside Wire Journey Level (Construction) Electrician, Limited Energy/Sound and Communication Journey Level Technician, and Residential Journey Level Electrician.
Earn a certificate through the Seattle Vocational Institute, part of Seattle Colleges. The Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training Program (PACT) includes both classroom instuction and hands-on skill building. Participants obtain several certifications necessary for construction trades. Informational workshops offered.
This organization supports women in skilled trades. There is an active state chapter.
Every week, over 3000 apprentices train for more than 50 different trades at this facility. The possibilities are wide-ranging, from Iron Worker to Seattle City Light Electrical Worker, to Glassworker, to a Boeing program.
VOLTA Line School functions as a pre-apprenticeship for the Outside Electrical Industry. NW Line Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee also has full apprenticeship programs in the industry. Informational flyer.
See Edmonds Construction Pre Apprenticeship Program for details.
Comparison from the 2022 Seattle/ King County Construction Apprenticeship Guidebook.
CareerBridge.wa.gov > Find Education. Enter a keyword and select counties, then scroll down for results.
CareerConnectWA.org Enter a desired focus and your home zip code, then view options.
Apprenticeship Preparation Programs list includes programs in a variety of areas, from IT to business as well as skilled trades. by WA L&I.
Find An Apprenticeship Program in Washington State. Dept of Labor & Industries.
Federal Apprenticeship Job Finder for options nationwide.
All About Apprenticeships handout covering the basics.
Parents' Guide to Apprenticeships Excellent summary of how apprenticeships work, how parents can help their young people find opportunities, and an outline of major industries that offer apprenticeships. Washington State Labor & Industries.
Great intro to WA State resources. Includes a handy list of which careers offer apprenticeships. It's not only construction trades!
Start here: it's a nice 2-minute overview.
Watch & learn about a local pre-apprenticeship program.
PBS NewsHour segment focuses on a plumbing firm in Seattle and other skilled trades training programs, focusing on opportunities, salaries, and perceptions.
An excellent overview of what apprenticeships involve. "Not your father's apprenticeship" is one main point.