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Cincinnati apprenticeship programs require few qualifications and offer hands-on vocational training.


– Gain technical education in advanced manufacturing, technology, construction, healthcare and more!

– Most apprenticeship programs are FREE or offer PAID TRAINING.

– Use work-based learning to train for new occupations and advancement.


Cincinnati apprenticeship programs can help you qualify for the most in-demand jobs in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Manufacturing, electrical, construction, information technology and healthcare industries are constantly looking for qualified people to fill open positions that allow growth in the company, financial stability and do not require a college degree.  


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Cincinnati apprenticeship programs offered by trade associations, community colleges and non-profits allow you to work as a trainee under the supervision of skilled and certified tradespersons.

The information in this article is as current as of the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information prior to acting.  


Cincinnati apprenticeship programs for construction trades:

Apollo Home Apprenticeship Program
1730 Tennessee Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229
Duration: 6-8 weeks
Cost: Free
Field: HVAC & Plumbing
This program specializes in residential, service work in the HVAC, Plumbing and Electrical fields. Apprentices are paid to learn the trade by developing the best talent in the industry. There is no upfront cost and as apprentice advance in their career, Apollo Home will provide additional training. Come “Earn to Learn”!

Building Value – Job Training
4040 Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223
Duration: 3-9 months
Cost: Free
Field: Construction and Retail
These positions help move people with workforce disadvantages into construction and retail careers. Participants will manage barriers that have prevented them from staying employed like lack of transportation, childcare, high school diploma. At the end of all will have the skills, record of accomplishment and references to move into more permanent, higher-paying jobs.

Earn and Learn
5455 Glenway Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45238
Duration: Various
Cost: Varies
Field: Construction, Carpentry and Electrical
Earn and Learn offers apprenticeships in fields ranging from bricklayers, HVAC and carpenters, to masons, roofers, electricians and operating engineers.

Easter Seals – Work Resource Center
2901 Gilbert Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206
Duration: 4-6 months
Cost: Free
Field: Construction and manufacturing
Easter Seals offers career-related support for youths and adults with disabilities and special needs. By partnering with local companies and organizations, Easter Seals offers paid, on-the-job training programs in construction and manufacturing.

Independent Electrical Contractors
586 Kings Run Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45232
Duration: 4 years
Cost: Free
Field: Electrical
Training starts when you apply and are accepted by one of the 40 electrical contractors in the area. Classes will build the knowledge base you’ll need as an electrician. The contractor sponsoring your apprenticeship pays for your classroom learning (minus the cost of textbooks). When you finish the four-year program, you are a certified journeyman electrician.

Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee
1300 Century Circle North, Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Duration: 5 years
Cost: Varies
Field: Plumbing & Pipe Fitting
Learn a skilled trade through planned, supervised, on-the-job training and related classroom instruction.   An apprentice is a regular part of the workforce and earns wages while acquiring important skills. At the completion of the program, an apprentice becomes a journeyperson, fully qualified to perform the work of the trade and earns full pay for their skill.


Cincinnati apprenticeship programs for technology trades:

Apprenti Cincinnati
Duration: 12 – 15 weeks
Cost: Free
Field: Technology
This program is designed to recruit and train professionals based on their aptitude, not their background.  Learn to design, develop, and deploy software applications, write codes, test, fix bugs and more. Your paid training will be specifically tailored to you with an opportunity for a full-time role upon completion. Register online to take the assessment today.

Community Action Agency Tech Works Program
Duration: 12 weeks
Cost: Free
Field: IT
The CompTIA A+ training course allows participants to receive technical training to earn a CompTIA A+ certification. This certification is required to secure the most in-demand living wage jobs in the information technology (IT) industry.

Per Scholas
800 Bank Street, Cincinnati, OH 45214
Duration: 15 weeks
Cost: Free
Field: Technology
The Per Scholas IT Support Program offers the CompTIA A+ and Network + Certifications and prepares you to fill a wide range of entry-level technology jobs, including Help Desk Analyst, Desktop Support Technician, Field Technician, Junior Project Manager, and many more. No prior experience is needed. These courses are completely free to you, as they are 100% funded by supporters of the program. The deadline to apply for the upcoming class is July.

2943 Riverside Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45226
Cost: $500 deposit
Field: Technology
T2T Fund provides opportunities for low-income people with the most potential to get the necessary training to land their first tech jobs while advancing diversity in the field. The courses are Monday-Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM. The upcoming course starts in September 2020.


Cincinnati apprenticeship programs for culinary trades:

Freestore Foodbank – Cincinnati COOKS!
1141 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Duration: 10 weeks
Cost: Free
Field: Culinary
Cincinnati COOKS! is a free culinary job training program for under- and unemployed individuals. Students must be 18 or older, drug and alcohol-free, come from a low-income household, and have a strong desire for a career in the foodservice industry. Classes take place from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. A new class starts every five weeks.

Power Inspires Progress (PIP)
1301 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH, 45202
Cost: Free
Field: Food Prep
PIP operates small businesses in the inner city to provide meaningful work experiences.   In addition, the program has basic remedial educational opportunities, life skills development, opportunities to develop personal responsibility, exposure to the culture of the workplace, and the value of a work ethic. The program employs an open interview process.


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Cincinnati Apprenticeship Programs for Occupational Healthcare and Manufacturing Trades

Butler Tech
8450 Capstone Blvd, West Chester, OH 45069
Duration: 196 classroom hours
Cost: $1,572
Field: Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic, Firefighting
Learn how to become a first responder and earn EMT Certification as a prerequisite to attending the Paramedic Academy. Must be 18 with a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent, be able to pass a background check and be up to date on vaccinations.

Cincinnati State Community College Workforce Development Center
10100 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH, 45241
Duration: 2 – 100 weeks
Cost: Varies
Field: Industrial training, HAZMAT rescue and safety, and more
This program provides career training for individuals and meets the needs of corporations, government agencies, and not-for-profits. The center offers classes, certifications, and continuing education in industrial training, HAZMAT rescue and safety, emergency medicine, information technology, human resource development, and supply chain and logistics.  

Community Action Agency CDL Training
1740 Langdon Farm, Cincinnati, OH 45237
Duration: 5 weeks
Cost: Free
Field: Commercial Truck Driving
The CDL training program offers life skills training, mentoring and supportive services. Qualified applicants have access to many services offered by CAA, including financial assistance, utility bill payment assistance, counseling, and childcare. To be eligible, one must be live within the City of Cincinnati, be age 21 or older, have a valid driver’s license.


Cincinnati Apprenticeship Program Assistance

301 Oak Street, Cincinnati, OH 45219
Duration: 11 months
Cost: Free
Field: Education
This program will provide college and career information to students and families and assist students in making post-secondary education plans. Students will have the opportunity to attend classroom workshops, financial aid seminars, receive essay and college application assistance and learn about applicable scholarships. Monthly stipends can also be earned up to $1,500.

Ohio Means Jobs Apprentice Opportunities
1-888-296-7541 (option 2)
Duration: 2144 job training and classroom hours
Cost: Varies with programs
Field: Varies
Ohio has more than 900 Registered Apprenticeship programs in fields as diverse as construction, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, and utilities. Each program includes, at a minimum, 2,000 hours of structured on-the-job training and 144 hours per year of related classroom instruction. Businesses gain access to a pool of workers who have been trained at a reasonable cost to industry specifications.

Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
10600 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, OH, 45215
Employment services – 513-771-4800 ext. 6352
Training services – 513-771-4800 ext. 6214
Cost: Referral from Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
Field: Custodial, Food Service, Retail, Office Procedures and Computer Technology
This program
offers a wide variety of vocational rehabilitation opportunities for individuals, and individuals with disabilities, to assist with finding community employment. Training services include custodial, food service, retail, office procedures and computer technology, short-term soft skills training. Certifications include the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist.

Valiant Career Exploration Program
1 Innovation Way, Covington, KY 41011
Cost: Free
Field: Various
This career exploration program is to help individuals ages 17 – 30 to navigate their futures and career transitions. Also, it uses assessments and coaching to identify and prepare you for career success.



Apply today for one of these Cincinnati apprenticeship programs. If you know of any organizations or programs we have missed, please let us know at The Voice of Black Cincinnati.



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Marissa Staples, Writer
The Voice of Black Cincinnati

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  1. There are many more Skilled trades apprenticeships in the Cincinnati area that offer great wages, scheduled raises and a benefit package on top of your hourly rate. Not to mention as you complete these apprenticeships you get college credit with NO STUDENT LOAN debt

  2. This is a great article, the picture said it all this was me 35 years ago up to now, as I retire from the electrical trade from Duke Energy this month, I see every day the lack of diversity as being the only person of color on the job, I did not half to have a 4 year degree just an associate degree and have seen many come an go, this is a lucrative field and perfect for one to pursue, you can easily make 6 figures per year, the field in the coming years will have much opportunities because of the age of workers and new positions opening up, I highly recommend people enter the trades to a way out of poverty

  3. New Horizons Computer Learning Centers offers training in Computer Networking and Security. The course is only 10-weeks long and career placement assistance is also available. Reach out to Samantha at the location in Cincinnati for details and information on the free training that is available.

    1. I’m interested in knowing which free technology programs are available. I am certified in software testing. I have experience working with hospital claim. I’m also interested in computers & coding. I’m eager to learn. I want to enhance my skills for employment opportunities to be self sufficient. I have experience with different computer software & system as well as ICD 9 & 10 codes.
      I look forward to hearing from you have a great day.


  4. I am interested in the IT program. Is there a contact name and/or email address to register for this class? Thanks

  5. I’m currently working as an electrician apprentice. The job I have offers no benefits. I desperately need benefits for I have a family to support. I have a basic knowledge and I’m very eager to learn more.

    1. Hello Damon. Thank you for visiting our website. Unfortunately, we do not establish hiring practices. We invite you to visit our jobs board. I also encourage you to contact Ben Parks at Parks OVD. Tell him Crystal suggested you give him a call. He may be able to point you in the right direction. All the best!

  6. I am a female single mom who is looking to build my own house! I need an apprentice program to teach me construction and getting started skills. Could you point me in a good direction? I am a cincinnati/hamilton co. resident. I am currently working at a valve assembly factory, and have years of decorating skills. thanks so much and have a great Spring 2019. Dolly Soluski

  7. I am from Indianapolis, IN I am 33 years old and found this article through google. I am like “WOW” do these programs really exist. I am interested in several and am willing to transition to aquire a better life. If I could enroll that is. A few programs had community requirements. Any more info you could provide me would be extremely appreciated. I couldn’t have found this article at a better time in my life.

    1. Hello Robert and thank you for visiting our website. Unfortunately, we do not have additional information about the programs. We invite you to contact the respective organizations to inquire about their enrollment requirements. If you are not able to make a connection at a specific organization, feel free to call our office at 513.281.3228 and we will try to assist you with reaching the appropriate persons.

  8. Hey Ms.Kendrick. I’m greatly interested in the Tech Apprentic please guide me in the right direction!

    1. Hello Josh. Please click the link and contact the organization that offers the program that interests you. If you do not get a response, call us at 513.281.3228 and we will assist you.

  9. Ms. Kendrick,
    I am looking to enter the field of weight loss. Do you know of any apprenticeships for this field?


    1. Thank you for contacting us. We are not aware of a paid apprenticeship program in the weight loss field. If we learn of one, we will most certainly add it to this article.

  10. Hello,
    I am interested in the IT Software program.Would you please give me some information that offers any training or entry level Apprenticeship Program?


    1. Thank you for visiting our website. Please contact the organization that offers the program that interests you.

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