culinary student wearing white uniform works in a line of people at a table doing food prep in professional kitchenApprenticeship Skills Achievement Program (ASAP) is for anyone looking to jumpstart a new career or transition into a different in-demand field. Apprenticeship gives students hands-on job experience that fosters skill building, increases job access, and encourages connection with employers.

Students are employed full-time by the employer while taking applicable courses at Durham Tech.

Apprenticeships are offered in the seven Durham Tech pathways:

  • Building, Engineering, and Skilled Trades
  • Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Creative and Liberal Arts
  • Health and Wellness
  • Human Services and Public Safety
  • Information Technology
  • Science and Math

Visit Apprenticeship NC to view the list of opportunities in your county.

Apprenticeship opens more doors to your new career

Financial Advantage

  • Free college tuition and fees
  • Earned salary as a full-time employee, including time while at school
  • Competitive salary and opportunities for progressive pay raises

Academic Progression

  • Attend classes and receive related instruction that aligns with the skills needed for your chosen career path and the apprenticeship
  • Earn a degree, diploma, or certificate and other credentials that are nationally recognized 

Student Support

  • Academic advisement
  • Professional development
  • Employer engagement
  • Student services such as tutoring, loaner laptops, optical shop, and support for students with children 

Enhanced Skills

  • Individual hands-on training and mentoring by experienced professionals
  • Relationships with leaders in the industry
  • Employability skills such as teamwork, collaboration, and responsibility


An apprentice must:

  • be at must be between 16 and 24 years of age unless applicable law requires a higher age;
  • commit to minimum of one year of on-the-job learning (or 2,000 hours); and
  • have a high school graduate or high school equivalency certificate or currently be enrolled in an academic program that will lead to a high school diploma or equivalency.

carpentry students use a power hammer to create a building frameCompletion

Upon completion of an ASAP program, students receive a nationally recognized certificate for participation from ApprenticeshipNC along with the other credentials they earn at Durham Tech.


Pre-apprenticeships are designed to prepare students for apprenticeship programs where students will transition into full-time employment while attending school. Pre-apprenticeships can be paid or unpaid, and may last from a few weeks to a few months.

Requirements are developed by the company hosting the pre-apprenticeship. Students who are registered as pre-apprentices (or as apprentices) before they graduate from high school are eligible for the community college tuition waiver for the duration of the time in the apprenticeship.

Pre-apprentices must be between 16 and 24 years of age.  Upon completion of the program, students receive a nationally recognized certificate for participation from ApprenticeshipNC.

Want to learn more? Complete an interest form.

Student Interest Form

Benefits for Employers

Durham Tech apprenticeship connects employers with qualified job-seeking students. Once hired, students gain practical, hands-on experience through their training, and employers gain a dedicated employee. Durham Tech's apprenticeship programs are registered with ApprenticeshipNC. Learn more about how to develop a registered apprenticeship for your business.


  • Customized training that ensures employees develop the right skills
  • Lower turnover
  • Increased productivity
  • Reduced search and recruitment costs
  • Increased employee engagement
  • Apprenticeship programs are adaptable and flexible, and they can be integrated into existing training and human resources development strategies.

Who can be an apprentice?

  • Apprenticeship is for anyone looking to jumpstart a new career or begin their career in an in-demand field.
  • An apprentice must be at least 16 years old. For more information and rules regarding youth employment, visit the N.C. Department of Labor website or call NCDOL at 1-800-625-2267.
  • Employers interested in developing a youth apprenticeship program should download the North Carolina Youth Apprenticeship Guide. It contains information on philosophy and best practices for starting and operating a youth apprenticeship program.

Basic requirements of an apprenticeship program

  • Employ apprentices full time.
  • Pair apprentices with experienced mentors.
  • Train apprentices in all phases of the occupation.
  • Coordinate on-the-job learning and related instruction to maximize effectiveness of training. Employers can partner with community colleges, universities, vocational or technical schools, industry associations and labor organizations for related instruction. Some employers choose to offer it in-house.
  • Have a desire to develop a skilled workforce!

Ready to Learn More?

Need more information? Begin the conversation by completing an interest form.

Employer Interest Form