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Why Become an Apprentice?

Apprenticeships can be found in all industries, from traditional sectors like construction and manufacturing to emerging sectors like energy, health care, and information technology. The benefits to career seekers include:

  • Wages earned while training
  • Improved skills and competencies
  • Higher wages as skills increase
  • National, portable credentials
  • Career advancement


There are many apprenticeship opportunities available in Michigan in a variety of industries. Apprenticeship application procedures vary for different industries and employers. Explore these resources to get started in finding the apprenticeship that’s right for you. You can also visi MI Talent Connect to view Michigan apprenticeship job opportunities.

Myths & Facts About Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships aren’t only found in construction or manufacturing: there are opportunities across a variety of fields such as healthcare, IT, and even winemaking!

MYTH: Apprenticeships are expensive.

FACT: Apprenticeships cost NOTHING for the apprentice and Michigan Works! Southeast may connect businesses to funding that will offset the cost of training.

MYTH: If I train them, they’ll leave.

FACT: 94% of Apprentices remain with their employer.

MYTH: There are no apprenticeship opportunities in my area of interest.

FACT: Almost any profession can create an apprenticeship. There are opportunities in many fields such as childcare, video production, window washing, and so much more! Visit to find opportunities in your field and connect with Michigan Works! Southeast to learn more about opportunities in your geographic region!

MYTH: A Labor Union is required for an apprenticeship track.

FACT: Many labor unions serve as gateways to apprenticeships but they are not required.

MYTH: Apprenticeships take a long time to complete.

FACT: Most apprenticeships range from 1-6 years. Michigan Works! Southeast will help you streamline the process. Plus, you earn a paycheck while completing your apprenticeship.