Apprenticeship Apprenticeship programs are an excellent way to learn a skilled trade. Apprentices learn their trade through a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction. Basic Apprenticeship Facts u Apprenticeships are available in over 1,000 occupations. u The majority of apprenticeship programs are in construction and manufacturing. u Employers and employee associations manage apprenticeship programs, choose apprentices, and pay their wages. u Apprentices who complete a registered program receive a certificate from the U.S. Department of Labor. They then become journey workers. u There is often a great deal of competition for apprenticeship positions. Apprenticeships can therefore be difficult to get.