Apprentice at work

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 or as a newly graduated senior, an NCTAP apprenticeship takes four years. NCTAP apprentices start their careers 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 one of the NCTAP manufacturing companies will receive training in a local community college 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 service companies will receive training in a local community college towards an Automotive Systems Technology Associate’s Degree (AAS) The Automotive Systems Technology 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.

Apprentices who pursue and apprenticeship in HVAC will receive an AA degree from one of the local community colleges in which they study HVAC areas such as mechanical refrigeration, heating and cooling theory, electricity, controls, and safety. AAS degree graduates should be able to assist in the start-up, preventive maintenance, service, repair, and/or installation of residential and light commercial systems and should be able to demonstrate an understanding of system selection, balance, and advanced systems.

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, earn an Associate Degree at a local community college with tuition 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. Some credits earned at the Community College are transferable to in-state four-year colleges. Many employers support continued studies, and it is not unusual for former apprentices to pursue further degrees.