Capital High School’s CTE Department has created a partnership with the Montana Department of Labor. Together they have developed a pre-apprenticeship program in the construction technology pathway. Students working within the pre-apprenticeship program will develop practical and skilled work experiences based on industry and occupational standards. Students will begin tracking hours that may be used in an approved apprenticeship program upon graduation.
This course of study for the pre-apprenticeship program has developed by CHS in partnership with the Registered Apprenticeship Program through the Montana Department of Labor and Industry. The intent of this course of study is to provide the pre-apprentice with industry approved technical instruction, allowing for a seamless transition into a registered apprenticeship program and/or employment in occupations related to the construction industry with possible advancement.
Apprenticeship programs require members to complete career specific training as well as on the job training hours. Hourly wage is dependent on where apprentices are within the apprenticeship program.
The CHS pre-apprentice program can lead to apprenticeships in construction, electrical, or plumbing fields. Additional construction related fields may be able to count hours depending on apprentice sponsor approval.
CHS students who complete the pre-apprenticeship program at CHS could be 86% of the way to completing the 2nd band of the apprenticeship program. Potentially, with some work hours, they will be earning $27/hour while their peers head off to college. Within 4 years of graduation, it is very possible to be finished with the apprenticeship program and at journeyman status, earning potentially over $90,000 per year.
Apprentices who complete their program earn an average of over $63,000 annually, $20,000 higher than the statewide average wage. Students who begin their apprenticeship after graduation begin earning a salary right away with benefits and without taking on student loan debt. 90% of apprenticeship graduates are employed in Montana after completing their program. Apprenticeships are good for students as well as for Montana. (Source: MDLI)