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Be an Apprentice - Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program (MATP)

If you are ready to dream big and achieve your full potential, then an apprenticeship may be right for you.

  • Earn while you learn. Apprentices are paid a progressive wage while they learn valuable job skills.
  • Increase your earning potential. The average annual starting salary for an apprentice graduate is $50,000 (according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics).
  • Be in demand. Learn the skills and gain the credentials that employers want.
  • Become more confident. Gain self-assurance by working independently under the tutelage of a journeyperson.
  • Make new friends. Apprenticeship training classes attract people of all ages and backgrounds.

Be an Apprentice

How do I become a registered apprentice?

Step 1: Research an occupation to decide which you would like to pursue.

Step 2: Call 410-767-2246 or e-mail to connect with an apprenticeship navigator who will direct you to available apprenticeship opportunities.

Step 3: Apply directly to the program sponsor or employer.

Note: The Maryland Department of Labor does not place individuals into apprenticeship programs. Sponsor and/or employers hire apprentices directly. An apprenticeship program sponsor may not be hiring at the time of your search. You must contact the apprenticeship program sponsors directly to find out the application requirements.

For tips on how to apply for a job, find education and training, or to identify more job opportunities, visit the Maryland Workforce Exchange.

What is a registered apprenticeship?

Registered apprenticeships are jobs where you “earn and learn.” While working on the job, you receive one-on-one full-time training from a skilled craftsperson as well as related classroom instruction. An apprentice is “sponsored” by an employer or association and is paid according to a progressive pay scale. When you complete registered apprenticeship training, you are on a pathway to a career.

What is a youth apprenticeship?

Available to high school students in certain counties through their school system, youth apprenticeships are the same as registered apprenticeships, but focused on the manufacturing, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) industries.

What are the benefits of being a registered apprentice?

You will earn a wage, while receiving industry credentials without incurring tuition debt. You will learn transferable skills to advance your career and gain job satisfaction by performing meaningful work.

What do I get paid as a registered apprentice?

As a Registered Apprentice, you are paid on a progressive wage scale. The more experience and training you gain as an apprentice, the more pay you will receive.

Can I work as a registered apprentice anywhere in Maryland?

Yes, registered apprenticeship programs are available in every Maryland county.

What are the age requirements to be a registered apprentice?

Anyone 18 years or older who meets the qualifications can be a registered apprentice. However, some programs allow individuals 16 years and older with parental permission.

Are there any other requirements to be a registered apprentice?

You must be physically able to perform required tasks and have access to transportation. Most, but not all, registered apprenticeship programs require a Maryland high school diploma by means of high school graduation or successful completion of the GED® Test or National External Diploma Program®. You may have to pass specific tests in math and English. Individual program requirements may vary.

In what occupations can I work as a registered apprentice?

Search our list of eligible occupations in the State of Maryland to work as a registered apprentice. Currently, hundreds of occupations have registered apprenticeships, including electrician, sheet metal worker, automobile mechanic, air conditioning mechanic, arborist, cyber security professional, digital marketing professional, information technology professional and biotechnology instrumentation technician.

How do I know what it’s like to be a registered apprentice?

Visit the Apprentice Success Stories page to see real life apprentices and to hear their stories.

For additional information, contact:
Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning
Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program

1100 N. Eutaw Street - Room 209
Baltimore, MD 21201
Fax: 410-333-5162