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Because of its location in rural eastern North Carolina, Beaufort County must create and retain its own workforce through highly relevant education and training. In a region where several counties are losing population, Beaufort still projects to gain population over the next 10 years. Development of a viable workforce pipeline for our young people and for displaced workers is imperative if we are to enable our population to gain sustainable and well-paid employment close to home, thereby preventing outmigration. Apprenticeship Beaufort is the primary means by which Beaufort County Community College, Beaufort County Schools, and the Beaufort County Economic Development Council collaborate to enhance the county’s economic development through nationally- and state-recognized training.

New Apprenticeship Expansion Funds Available

  • This funding is targeted for new apprentices ages 16-25.
  • Up to $2,000 per apprentice for onboarding and training costs.
  • $2,500 per year for apprentice tuition, books and fees.
  • Salary matching: 50% reimbursements up to $15/hr.

New Apprenticeship Building America (ABA) Grant

  • No Age Requirement
  • $2,000 per apprentices for education
  • $2,000 one-time award for employer onboarding and training

Invest in the future of your business and employees with apprenticeships.

Are you a business interested in starting an apprenticeship program?

Is your business hoping to reduce turnover, improve morale, and build a more skilled workforce?Consider hiring an apprentice!

Apprenticeship Beaufort County is a low-risk hiring strategy that allows companies to develop employee training programs where mentors are passing on years of experience and knowledge to apprentices before they retire.

Investing in your employees is a proven method to build loyalty.

There are many employer benefits to sponsoring an apprenticeship program.Benefits include:

  • Production: Apprentices contribute to increased productivity and production quality as they become more skilled at their jobs. Mentors share years of experience and knowledge to apprentices, reducing the risk of skills shortage as employees retire.
  • Workforce: Apprentices tend to be more engaged with companies that invest in their training and education. Many apprentices remain loyal to their employers resulting in increased retention rates and reduced turnover. Overall, companies will experience an increase in employee morale.
  • Soft skills: Apprentices are actively engaging with professionals through on-the-job training and classroom instruction, each providing unique opportunities to foster and utilize time-management, communication, and interpersonal skills.

If you are a business wanting to sponsor an apprenticeship, a current high school junior or senior, high school graduate, or working adult interested in connecting with apprenticeship opportunities, please contact Sara Watson, Director of Customized Training & Apprenticeships, at or 252-940-6311 for more details.

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Are you a student interested in apprenticeships?

Apprenticeship Beaufort County is an employer-sponsored program that is a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction that prepares participants for careers with local industry partners. Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship program, the Apprentice qualifies for industry recognized “journeyman” credentials in a skilled trade and an academic credential from BCCC.

Benefits of an Apprenticeship program include:

  • Paid employment during training with progressive wage increases
  • Obtainment of a BCCC academic credential that provides credit towards an AAS degree
  • Industry recognized journeyman credentials at both the state and federal level

Apprenticeship programs are available in the following areas:

  • Apartment Maintenance Technician - Training in maintenance and repair for electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation, appliance, and interior and exterior systems.
  • Boatbuilder - Building, repairing and refitting marine craft using all types of material from composites. wood and fiberglass.
  • Electrical Lineman - Install, repair, and maintain cables and wires using electrical power and distribution systems.
  • EMT - Specially trained medical technician certified to provide basic emergency service before and during transporting to a hospital.
  • Firefighter - First responder training for a career in fire services as part of the Inner Banks Fire Academy.
  • Injection Molding Technician - Perform beginning and interval inspections on plastic moldings. Collect data to maintain production and quality.
  • Maintenance Technician - Perform diverse duties like installing, troubleshooting, repairing/maintaining equipment for production.
  • Paramedic - Administer emergency medical care and assess injuries and illness. Can administer medication, use medical equipment, and administer life support to sick or injured individuals.
  • Production Process Technician - Operate equipment and monitor and document all processes and results of the standard operating procedures in the manufacturing process.
  • Welding Technician - Join metal materials together. Learn the different types of welding (ARC, TIG, MIG) and how to safely work in this environment.

Deshawn Dudley

I chose the apprenticeship program so that I could have a good foundation to build my career from. I am able to gain real work experience as I learn. Through the apprenticeship I am able to expand my knowledge in my current field of work that will open up more opportunities for me in the future. The results that I would like to see from the program would be an increase in work skills and an improvement in my employability as I continue to do the work that I enjoy doing.

Steven Silverthorne

Steven Silverthorne wanted to enhance his career to better assist his wife in supporting their young child and their life together. Steven is taking advantage of the Apprenticeship program through his employer and the Beaufort County Community College. His employer is sponsoring the program which is a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction that prepares Steven for career with his employer. Upon successful completion of the 2 year apprenticeship program, Steven will qualify for a nationally industry recognized “journeyman” credential and an academic credential from BCCC as a plastic injection molding machine operator

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