Apprenticeship Programs: Earn and Learn

Pre-Apprenticeship Information Session
  • January 25, 2022

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Question:  Katelyn Kontny
Phone: 248.232.4572

Closing the Skills Gap through Apprenticeship at OCC:

  • Apprenticeship is a proven method for employers that combines on-the-job learning (OJL) with related technical instruction (RTI) to address talent needs and invest in their future.
  • Apprenticeship programs help employers recruit, build and retain a highly-
    skilled workforce.
  • Interested in establishing a Registered Apprenticeship? Up to $1,000 financial incentive to companies who qualify!



What is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is a talent development strategy that combines on-the-job learning (OJL), related technical instruction (RTI), and mentorship to train individuals to be experts in their field.  Apprentices often start an apprenticeship with little or no experience in their chosen apprentice occupation.

What is Registered Apprenticeship?

Registered Apprenticeships are apprenticeship programs that are well-defined and documented, and are approved by the US Department of Labor (DOL).  The DOL has been overseeing and registering apprentices in the US for nearly a hundred years.  Registered Apprenticeships are employer-driven and sponsored. A company sponsoring a Registered Apprenticeship Program determines whom they will employ, and apprentice.

Is Apprenticeship a job?

Yes! Apprenticeship is an “earn and learn” model – apprentices start working and earning wages from the first day on the job.  Apprentices obtain paid, on-the-job learning (OJL), related technical instruction, and a DOL certificate of completion or journeyperson card, both which are a nationally-recognized, portable credential demonstrating an apprentice's mastery of chosen occupation that is widely understood in business and industry. 

What is the length of a Registered Apprenticeship?

Depending on the occupation, Registered Apprenticeships lasts from one to six years. For each year of the registered apprenticeship, the apprentice typically receives 2,000 hours of on-the-job learning (OJL) and 144 hours of related technical instruction (RTI) in college classes.

Oakland Community College (OCC) offers the related technical instruction (RTI), educational opportunities along with assistance to both companies who are sponsoring an apprenticeship program, and employees who are sponsored apprentices across various industries. The employer-sponsored college classes taken by the apprentice, align with on-the-learning (OJL) provided by the employer, to ensure the employee makes connections between the classroom and the workplace. 

Apprentice occupations are available in numerous advanced manufacturing occupations and allied healthcare programs at OCC.  

Available Apprenticeship Programs:

OCC in cooperation with local employers, offers the required related technical instruction (RTI) for apprentices, advises and approves the apprentices sequence of courses  to ensure compliance with apprenticeship standards for the occupation and company.  Upon completion of a defined apprenticeship program, apprentices are encouraged to apply for certificates and degrees from OCC. Please note, employee-in-training (EIT) programs (non-apprentice) are also available for employers. 

To aid employers in planning the sequence of courses for their Apprenticeship program, there are curricular outlines for the following apprentice occupations:


Advanced Manufacturing

  • Tool & Die Maker
  • Mechatronics Technician
  • Machinist
  • Machine Operator, CNC
  • Industrial Maintenance Technician
  • Facilities Technician



  • Medical Assistant

Over the next 5 years, 37% of Michigan's Job Growth will be via education and training programs live ApprenticeshipsMichigan Ranks 8th in the nation with over 14,000 apprenticeshipsMichigan has 1,181 Registered Apprenticeship Programs