What is an Apprenticeship?
A Registered Apprenticeship is a formalized, structured training program. It combines on-the-job training (OJT) and related technical instruction in which you receive practical and technical training. Industry determines the essential skills, because apprenticeship is industry-driven career training. Each apprenticeship requires from 2,000 to 8,000 work hours to complete. The apprenticeship is broken down into skill areas with a set number of hours for each skill area. An apprenticeship also has structured formal training. Each year of apprenticeship (2,000 hours), requires 144 hours of apprenticeship-related training. Apprentices earn a living wage throughout the education process, with periodic raises to reflect increased experience and commitment. Once the apprenticeship is completed they will possess a trade certification that is recognized internationally.
How does my GI Bill work with Apprenticeships?
You can use your GI Bill® for an apprenticeship! It works differently than for a traditional four year degree. You will be allocated the monthly housing allowance for an E-5 with dependents during the first 6 months of your program, or the first 1000 hours of on the job training (OJT) plus the stipend. After you complete the first six months, your GI Bill® amount will decrease to 80% of the total you were allocated. The GI Bill® continues to decrease every 6 months or 1000 hours until you are at 20%. You will be allocated 20% for the remainder of your program or until your benefits run out. This is because apprentices receive an increase in pay from the apprenticeship program at the same time. As your pay increases your GI Bill® decrease.
The GI Bill® amount is based on the zip code of the training location for your program. You can find out more with the GI Bill® comparison tool at https://www.vets.gov/gi-bill-comparison-tool/ or at the GI Bill DOL website https://www.vets.gov/education/gi-bill/.