How to choose an apprenticeship
There are a few things to think about when you choose an apprenticeship.
- Choose an industry or career: Today, apprenticeships are available in many industries, from technology to healthcare, education, and the building trades.
- Apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship: Pre-apprenticeship programs let you get hands-on experience in an industry before you move into a full apprenticeship program.
- Search for an employer/sponsor: There are apprenticeship sponsors all over the state. Search through our list of programs, find a sponsor you’re interested in, and contact them directly.
Industries with apprenticeships
A growing number of industries offer apprenticeships, including healthcare, finance, technology, and more. You can find many opportunities for career paths and growth in (but not limited to):
- Advanced manufacturing
- Banking and finance
- Building trades
- Culinary arts (pre-apprenticeship only)
- Dispensing optician
- Documentation specialist
- Early childhood education
- Hospitality and housekeeping (pre-apprenticeship only)
- Pharmacy technician
- Real estate
- Software and technology
View our list of employers and sponsors to find a program you’re interested in, and reach out directly to the sponsor to apply for a program. You can also contact your local MassHire Career Center for more information or help getting started on your application
Traditional apprenticeships (trades)
Traditional trade apprenticeships welcome dedicated individuals who want to start a new career or advance their skills as qualified craftspeople in the industry. Learn more about becoming a union building trade apprentice (PDF, 5.5 MB) or explore the benefits for women working in the trades.
Traditional apprenticeships in the trades include but aren’t limited to:
- Cement mason
- Correction officer
- CNC machine operator
- Firefighter / EMT
- Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC)
- Mechanic (auto, diesel)
- Police officer
- Utility worker
Learn more about specific trade occupations and their requirements.
Find a local union program or a business association, or view our list of registered apprenticeships to find a program sponsor.
Not quite ready to approach an apprenticeship program sponsor? Contact your local MassHire Career Center. We have more than 20 centers across the state that offer free services to help you research career opportunities and connect you with employers.
List of apprenticeships
Search by industry, occupation, employer, or location to find the right apprenticeship for you.
Once you find a program you’re interested in, reach out to that sponsor directly to learn more about their program.