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What is a registered apprenticeship?

A registered apprenticeship is an industry-driven and high-quality career pathway. It combines both On-the-Job Training (OJT) and a Classroom Training (CRT) program. Employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally recognized credential.

Benefits of a registered apprenticeship program

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Paid Job

Career Advancement


Gain Workplace-relevant Education

Scheduled Wage Increases

National Occupational Credential (Journeyworker’s Card)

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Highly Skilled Employees

Solves Skills Gap and Talent Pipeline Issues

Reduced Turnover

Higher Productivity

Fosters Diversity & Inclusion

Access to State and Federal Grant Money

Local Registered Apprenticeship Programs

Instrument technician on the jobManufacturing

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

Professional carpenter working with sawmill machine near colleagues in workshopBuilding 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

Programmer working with program codeInformation 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.

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. Macomb and St. Clair counties provide world-class healthcare with five top-rated hospital systems, and numerous quality assisted living and rehabilitation centers.

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  • Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), also known as nurse aides, provide basic care or support under the direction of onsite licensed nursing staff.
  • CNAs perform duties such as monitoring of health status, feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, or ambulation of patients in a health or nursing facility. May include medication administration and other health-related tasks.
  • In Macomb and St. Clair counties, CNAs earn an average annual salary of $31,950, or $15.36 hourly.
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  • Medical Assistants perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician.
  • Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes.
  • Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications.
  • Medical Assistants earn an average salary of $35,880 annually or $17.25 hourly in Macomb and St. Clair counties.
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  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialists compile, process, and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients. The billing and coding is consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the healthcare system.
  • Billing and Coding Specialists classify medical and healthcare concepts, including diagnosis, procedures, medical services, and equipment, into the healthcare industry's numerical coding system.
  • In Macomb and St. Clair Counties, medical billing and coding specialists earn an average salary of $43,400, or $20.87 hourly.

National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is a nationwide celebration that brings together business leaders, career seekers, labor, educational institutions, and other critical partners to demonstrate their apprenticeship support. NAW also provides apprenticeship sponsors with the opportunity to showcase their programs, facilities, and apprentices in their community. The week-long celebration highlights the benefits of apprenticeship in preparing a highly-skilled workforce to meet the talent needs of employers across diverse industries. NAW 2021 was on November 15-21, 2021. We held events for both employers and apprenticeship seekers. Click the links below to view the video recordings!

National Apprenticeship Week, November 15-21, 2021

Employer Information Session

Aspiring Apprentice Information Session

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