What is NCTAP?

A paid apprenticeship program offered through a partnership between NC Triangle Region companies, community colleges, high schools (public, charter, private, and home), and the ApprenticeshipNC program of North Carolina.


What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship combines on-the-job training with formal classwork and hands-on learning. NCTAP apprenticeships are based on the best examples found in Europe, especially Austria, Germany and Switzerland.


Are Apprenticeships new?

No! Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers and many others entered their careers through apprenticeships. NCTAP is returning this time-tested means of career development to the Triangle.


How much will I be paid as an NCTAP Apprentice?

NCTAP apprentices are paid a competitive hourly wage which increases annually. Bonuses and benefits are typically included but these vary by employer.


How long does it take to complete an apprenticeship?

Starting in the last year of high school, an NCTAP apprenticeship takes four years. NCTAP apprentices start their careers as rising high school juniors gaining real-world skills years ahead of those who pursue a traditional four-year degree.


What skills are learned as an apprentice?

Apprentices who pursue an apprenticeship with on of the NCTAP manufacturing companies will receive training at Wake Tech or Vance-Granville CC in the following areas: machining, welding, sheet metal fabrication, computer controls & automation (PLC), machine assembly and repair, plastic molding/forming, composites, electrical circuitry and electronics, all part of the Associate’s Degree (AAS) in Mechanical Engineering Technology. Apprentices who pursue an apprenticeship with one of the NCTAP automotive companies will receive training from Wake Tech CC. Wake Tech’s Automotive Systems Technology Associate’s Degree (AAS) curriculum covers all automotive systems, progressing from the basics to advanced technologies, to prepare students for success in the workplace. The electrical system is emphasized most, since electricity controls 99% of vehicle operations. While at work apprentices will receive further training specific to the employer’s needs, which may include certifications. These skills are in great demand in the U.S. and abroad.


What are the outcomes of an NCTAP apprenticeship?

A high school diploma, an associate degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology at Wake Tech or Vance Granville CC (paid by your employer), or an associate degree in Automotive Systems Technology at Wake Tech (paid by your employer), a Journeyman’s Certificate, four years of paid work experience, and in most cases a guaranteed job.


What is a Journeyman/Journeyperson?

The name for the graduate of an apprenticeship program such as NCTAP, “Journeyman” is derived from the German “Wanderschaft”, the age-old practice of apprentices traveling (‘wandern’) between several Master Craftsman during their training. Within NCTAP, apprentices will gain a similar variety of skills from their employer and while attending classes at Wake Tech or Vance Granville CC.


What if I want to earn a four-year degree later?

NCTAP Apprentices earn a two-year Associate Degree (AAS) in Mechanical Engineering Technology or Automotive Systems Technology. Some credits earned at Wake Tech or Vance Granville Community College are transferable to in-state four-year colleges with Engineering Technology curriculums. Many employers support continued studies, and it is not unusual for former apprentices to pursue further degrees.