An earn-while-you-learn training model that combines on-the-job training, job-related education, and a scalable wage progression.

Registered Apprenticeship

An adult educational program that is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training. The traditional program is designed for adults; however, it may be linked to an approved youth apprenticeship program in grades 11-12 with a minimum student age requirement of 16 years old.

Youth Apprenticeship

A structured program giving youth at least age 16 or older an opportunity to earn while they learn. This forward-focus program combines classroom instruction with one to two years of on-the-job training with an end result in a “certification of mastery of a specific technical skill.” A youth apprenticeship may matriculate to a registered apprenticeship after high school. High school completion is a requirement of the program.

2017-2018 Apprenticeship Opportunities *

  • AECOM - 2 slots provided
  • Aiken County Public Schools - 4 slots provided
  • Allstate Insurance - 1 slot provided
  • Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS)
  • MTU - 12 slots provided
  • Dunkin' Donuts -  8 slots provided
  • Bridgestone - 1 slot provided
  • Security Federal Bank - 4 slots provided
  • Graniteville Specialty Fabrics - 2 slots provided
  • Gregory Electrics - 2 slots provided

If you are interested in an apprenticeship, please see your school counselor for details on how to apply.


* Businesses may be eligible for a $1,000 tax credit per apprentice.


Yes. All employers involved with the Aiken Works Initiative are committed to the student’s education first. Most student apprentices spend part of the school day at school and the other at work.

Exact pay amounts vary but are always minimum wage or higher. Many businesses offer increased earning potential for their apprentices.

No, but if there was a positive working relationship, the student and business partner often commit to continued employment upon successful completion of an apprenticeship.

Under EEDA Law, a 16-year-old youth apprentice may work an adult job.