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Registered Apprenticeships

A registered apprenticeship is an industry-driven career pathway where employers develop and prepare the future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid on-the-job training (OJT), related classroom instruction (RTI), and a nationally recognized credential.

National Apprenticeship Week 2023

Introducing apprenticeship and popular programs in Macomb and St. Clair counties.

Interested in learning more about registered apprenticeships?

Local Registered Apprenticeship Programs

  • Manufacturing
  • Building and Skilled Trades
  • Information Technology
  • Healthcare


Manufacturing is one of Macomb and St. Clair County’s most important industries, as it adds more than $13 billion to the local economy.

Top manufacturing registered apprenticeships in Macomb and St. Clair Counties include:

  • Toolmakers
  • Machinists
  • Mold Makers
  • Maintenance Technicians
  • Electrical Technicians

Building and Skilled Trades

Building and Skilled Trades were one of the most productive employment sectors in 2020 in Macomb and St. Clair Counties.

Top building and skilled trades registered apprenticeship programs include:

  • Bricklayers
  • Carpenters
  • Electricians
  • Millwrights
  • Operating Engineers
  • Metal Workers

Information Technology

At the heart of the automated and connected vehicle revolution, Southeast Michigan is poised to be a leader in the advancement of vehicle automation and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Widely recognized companies such as Microsoft, Google, Quicken Loans, GM, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, and many others have a presence in Southeast Michigan. They all share the struggle of having more IT-related positions open than they can fill.

Top information technology registered apprenticeship programs include:

  • Software Developer
  • Business Analyst
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Systems Administrator


The healthcare industry is fast-growing within Macomb and St. Clair Counties, with five top-rated hospital systems and numerous quality assisted living and rehabilitation centers. Top registered apprenticeship opportunities include:

  • Medical Assistants
  • Nurse Aides
  • Pharmacy Technicians

Interested in becoming a Medical Assistant but need help getting started? Pre-apprenticeship programs are available to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in a Registered Apprenticeship Program or job.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Registered apprenticeship allows you to earn while you learn by reducing the time it takes for you to gain wages and experience in your career. It’s jump-starting your future!
  • Common “startup costs” for any new career path, such as background checks, drug screens, uniform, shoes, or class tuition, could be paid by your employer or Michigan Works!

Apprenticeship is employer driven, meaning there is no standard formula you can complete to enter an apprenticeship program. Every employer’s job application will look different. Michigan Works! is here to help you become the best candidate when you apply to these positions. Contact us today to discuss your knowledge, experience, and to be connected to current openings.

CNC Machinist, Electrician, Mechatronics Technician, Medical Assistant, Nurse Aid, Truck Driver, and Tool and Die Maker are all popular registered apprenticeship programs in our area.

Contact us or check our Featured Jobs page to find the latest apprenticeship openings.

1 – 4+ years. The length of apprenticeship depends on how long it takes to fully train someone in the occupation.

Apprenticeship training includes paid employment, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally recognized credential. Apprenticeships last for a longer period of time, are more structured, and offer more mentorship than internships. Some apprenticeships also offer college credit.

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