What Is An Apprenticeable Occupation?

An apprenticeable occupation is generally a skilled trade, learned through structured and supervised on­the­job work experience. The occupation is clearly identifiable and recognized through an industry and most often involves manual, mechanical, or technical skills. Each occupation requires a minimum of 2000 hours of on­the­job work experience and a recommended minimum of 144 related instruction hours each apprenticeable year to supplement the on­the­job work experience. There are approximately 300 approved and active occupations in the Commonwealth of Virginia and over 800 throughout the United States.

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