Apprenticeship Programs: Learn While You Earn

Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway

where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce,

and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction,

and a portable, nationally-recognized credential.

    

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is for motivated people of all ages to earn wages while they learn a highly skilled profession, often leading to a career after completion.

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Components of a Registered Apprenticeship

  • Business Involvement
    • The apprenticeship program is industry driven. Employers build a program that meets their needs
  • Structured On-The-Job Training
    • Apprentices receive on-the-job training from an experienced mentor.
    • On-the-job training is a minimum of 1 year or 2,000 hours
  • Related Instruction
    • On-the-job training is combined with technical education at RLC.
  • Rewards for Skill Gains
    • Apprentices receive an increase in wages as they gain higher levels of skills
  • National Occupational Credential
    • Registered Apprenticeship programs result in a nationally-recognized credential

What is Apprenticeship

 

 Flexible Learning Models to Ensure What Works Best

 

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Apprentices

Benefits

There are many benefits to participation in a Registered Apprenticeship Program. Students in an apprenticeship program gain skills

and knowledge in classroom and lab settings.  The on-the-job training portion of the program enables students to apply those skills

learned in an actual work environment with an experienced mentor.  Students earn a salary while they are learning a career

  • Increased Skills: Apprentices can immediately apply knowledge learned in the classroom in an on-the-job setting which increases understanding and retention.
  • Employment: Apprenticeship is a paid job. Once the apprenticeship is complete, workers are on their way to a successful long-term career.
  • Zero to Little Debt at Graduation: Tuition funded by employers, workforce boards, or grants.
  • Industry-Aligned Education: Apprentices receive hands-on training resulting in improved skills and competencies. Upon completion of a registered program, an apprentice earns a national DOL recognized credential as well as the potential to earn college credit towards a certificate or degree.

Requirements

  1. Eligible starting age can not be less than 16 years; however, most programs require individuals to be at least 18 years of age.
  2. High school diploma or GED
  3. Eligible to work in the US
  4. Meet academic requirements for admission (link to RLC’s Admission Requirements).  Acceptance into an apprenticeship program may vary based on the program requirements.
  5. Additional qualifications may vary based on the essential functions of the job

How to Apply

  1. Fill out an interest form (access HERE)
  2. Apply to Rend Lake College
  3. Take the placement exam (schedule an appointment HERE)
  4. Apply to the apprenticeship program; submit your resume and cover letter

Employers

Benefits

Are you planning for the future of your business?  Is your business growing and you need skilled employees? Is the experience and knowledge of your current

employees going to be lost after they retire? Replacing experienced talent is challenging. In hiring an apprentice, you are ensuring that the knowledge and experience

your employees hold are passed down to the next generation.  Experienced mentors from your business train future talent in an apprenticeship program.  It is a low-risk

hiring strategy that builds loyalty and is designed to meet your company’s needs.

Apprenticeships can help your company

  •       Hire a skilled workforce
  •       ‘Grow your own’ talent to teach your company’s ‘way’
  •       Increase employee loyalty and reduce turnover
  •       Reduce recruiting cost
  •       Ensure knowledge of seasoned experts is passed down before they retire
  •       Put entry-level employees on the career path

How to Get Started

  •       Contact RLC to help you design an apprenticeship program to fit your company needs
  •       Choose a mentor to help guide the apprentice during their OJT 

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 Who can become an apprentice?

Students can be:

  • Career Changers
  • Veterans
  • Unemployed
  • Under-employed
  • Recent high school or G.E.D. graduates
  • Current employees to upskill

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Rend Lake Currently Offers 19 Programs:

 

Department of Labor Approved Occupation Programs:

Automotive Technician

For more information about out automotive program, click HERE

For more information about a career in automotive, click HERE

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Baking and Pastry Chef

For more information about our culinary arts programs, click HERE

For more information about a career in culinary arts, click HERE

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Bus & Truck Maintenance Technician

For more information about our diesel program, click HERE

For more information about a career in diesel technology, click HERE

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Certified Nurse Assistant/Healthcare

For more information about our CNA program, click HERE

For more information about a career in CNA, click HERE

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Child Care Development Specialist

For more information about early childhood education, click HERE

For more information about a career in early childhood, click HERE

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Computer Programmer

For more information about our computer programs, click HERE

For more information about a career in computer programming, click HERE

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Culinary Chef/Cook

For more information about our culinary programs, click HERE

For more information about a career in culinary arts, click HERE

 

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Diagnostic Imaging

For more information about radiology, click HERE

For more information about a career in radiology, click HERE

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Elevator Repairer

For more information about classes for elevator repair, click HERE

*Please note some classes are currently taught at the on-the-job training location.

For more information about a career in evelator repair, click HERE

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General Farmer

For more information about our agriculture programs, click HERE

For more information about a career in agriculture, click HERE

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Heavy Rail Car Repairer

For more information about our heavy equiptment programs, click HERE

For more information about a career in heavy rail car repair, click HERE

 

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Industrial Maintenance Mechanic

For more information about our industrial programs, click HERE

For more information about a career in industrial maintenance mechanics, click HERE

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Industrial Truck Mechanic

For more information about our industrial programs, click HERE

For more information about a career in industrial truck mechanics, click HERE

 

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Information Technology Security Specialist

For more information about our IT program, click HERE

For more information about a career as an IT Security Specialist, click HERE

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Machinist

For more information about our machining program, click HERE

For more information about a career in machining, click HERE

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Network & Computer Specialist

For more information about our computer programs, click HERE

For more information about a career in network and computer specialist, click HERE

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Production Technologist (Manufacturing)

For more information about our manufacturing techologist programs, click HERE

For more information about a career in production technologist, click HERE

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Truck Driver

For more information about our truck driver training, click HERE

For more information about a career in truck driving, click HERE 

 

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Welder

For more information about our welding program, click HERE

For more information about a career in welding, click HERE 

 


 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of an apprenticeship?

There is no cost for students who are accepted into the apprenticeship program. Students will be able to complete the program tuition-free. In some programs, the fees and books are the responisiblity of the students. In other cases, fees and/or books are covered by an employer, grant funds, or finanical aid. Students will earn a wage while in the apprenticeship program.

Do I make money?

Yes, you will be paid a wage that will increase as you advance in the program and increase your skills and knowledge.

Are apprenticeship programs only for those currently graduating high school?

No, the apprenticeship programs are open to all ages and backgrounds. Students can be career changers, veterans, unemployed, under-employed, or recent high school or GED graduates. Companies are also welcome to bring their own employees into the program to advance a valuable employee’s career path.

Are there age requirements?

The program is open to anyone 17 years of age or older with a high school diploma or GED.

How do I sign up?

Contact Angelina Mabrey at 618-437-5321 ext. 1277 or at [email protected] to more information or to get started!

How can I get my company to sign up for a program?

If your company can benefit from an apprenticeship, Rend Lake College can work with you to create an educational curriculum catered to fit your specific needs. Rend Lake College can also work with you as a sponsor, which means we'll fill out all the necessary paperwork. Call our Apprenticeship Coordinator Angelina Mabrey at 618-437-5321 ext. 1277 or reach out at [email protected]

 

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