The benefits of completing an electrical apprenticeship include acquiring the necessary training and experience required for a career in the industry, gaining current skills and being recognized as a qualified electrical journeyworker across the nation. Apprenticeships sometimes offer dual accreditation with postsecondary institutions.
Select registered apprenticeship programs allow participants to apply credit towards earning an associate degree. A participant also earns money while completing an internship, increasing his schedule of wages when he completes on-the-job training and technical instruction.
To become a qualified electrical journeyworker nationwide, an individual needs to complete his apprenticeship and earn an Apprenticeship Completion Certificate. Such a certificate is given by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, or a federally approved State Apprenticeship Council or Agency. As of 2015, the certificate is also one of the most portable industry credentials.
Another benefit of completing an electrical apprenticeship is registered apprentices can pay less in tuition fees for related classes offered at technical and community colleges. A registered apprentice can also be covered by state industrial insurance as long as he is taking classes related to his apprenticeship.
Employers benefit from apprenticeships through lower turnover and absenteeism, improved productivity and a lower cost of training. Industry employers also have better qualified and knowledgeable employees through apprenticeships.