AJAC apprentice from Sierra Pacific Industries works on the shop floor during his youth apprenticeships

How Apprenticeship Works

Employer-Partnered Apprenticeship: Your Path to Journey-Level Certification

Expert Guidance from Enrollment to Certification


AJAC partners with employers who want to offer our apprenticeship programs to their employees. These employers identify their employees to become apprentices.


Once an individual agrees to enroll in a program, AJAC works closely with the employer and employee to go over responsibilities, on-the-job training competencies, and college-level classes. 


Apprentices are enrolled in AJAC’s classes taught at local community/technical colleges and/or online. Classes are college accredited, held one night a week for four hours. Most apprentices have the summer quarter off. 


Apprentices work full-time as paid employees throughout the duration of the apprenticeship while receiving one-on-one mentorship and wage progressions. 


Apprentices submit their on-the-job training hours each month through AJAC’s online Apprentice Tracking System. Employers review these hours and approve them on a monthly basis.


Once an apprentice has met their required on-the-job training hours and passed all of their college-level classes, they will receive a journey-level certificate through the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. 

AJAC: Washington State apprenticeships

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