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State of Hawai'i Workforce Development Division (WDD) Registered Apprenticeships Program

Registered Apprenticeships are unique long-term training programs that combines On-the-Job Learning with Related Training Instruction, which allow job seekers to learn specialized skills for various trades and occupations.  In Hawai‘i, there are over 100 registered apprenticeship programs available that represent a wide variety of occupations.  After completing training, an apprentice becomes a journeyworker and can earn a higher salary as well as pursue career goals as a foreman, supervisor, contractor, or even set up their own business.

Benefits of Apprenticeships

  • Learn from highly-trained skilled trades workers
  • Reduce risk of injury while on the job through proper training
  • Receive “Certification of Completion” after satisfactory completion of the program
  • Periodic pay increases
  • Upon completion of apprenticeship program and become a journeyworker, receive substantially higher wages
  • Apprentices/Journeyworkers that join respective unions receive healthcare as well as retirement and other benefits

How do I join an Apprenticeship?

With the sheer number of apprenticeship programs available in Hawai‘i, there are no set standards for all apprenticeships.  However, most programs have the following minimum requirements:

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Be a High School graduate or have GED
  • Pass an industry test for occupation
  • Be physically fit for occupation

Recruitment Notices:

Hawaiʻi Apprenticeship Week

In conjunction with National Apprenticeship Week, Hawaiʻi celebrates Registered Apprenticeship in the state through Hawaiʻi Apprenticeship Week (HAW).

  • HAW 2023 – More information coming soon!
  • Save the Dates! – November 13-17th, there will be different events on certain days of the week.

For contractors and employers, hiring qualified employees from officially approved, registered apprenticeship programs makes good business sense. By hiring apprentices from an officially approved and registered programs in the State of Hawai‘i, contractors and employers are guaranteed a highly skilled and competent workforce that produces consistent and quality results.

List of Construction Trades in Registered Apprenticeship Programs* *This list does not reflect the latest updates on certain programs

List of Non-Construction Trades in Registered Apprenticeship Programs

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