Qualifications and Benefits “I work 40 hours a week as an apprentice electrician and I love it. I‘m getting paid while I learn the skills I need for a great career. It’s like getting a free education.” Michael Qualifications u Most programs require that an applicant be 18 years old and a high school graduate. u Some programs require that applicants take an aptitude test. Others require a physical exam. u Applicants who have had experience, training, or a related job generally have an advantage. Benefits u Apprentices are considered employees and are paid at least minimum wage. u Apprentices start off earning approximately half of what experienced workers earn. As their skills improve, their wages increase. u Benefits vary. Some employers provide benefits such as health insurance.