Cincinnati apprenticeship programs help fill skilled trade industries that are often forgotten.
– Gain skills in HVAC & plumbing, technology, construction, healthcare and more!
– Become certified in a new career in as little as 6 – 8 weeks.
– Most apprenticeship programs are FREE or PAID TRAINING.
A lot of industries are unable to stay in local communities because they can’t fill jobs. For years, parents and high schools have pushed 4-year colleges onto their children and students, but what about trades? 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. Cincinnati apprenticeship programs help fill those positions.
Emsi reports job seekers looking for good places to launch their careers should consider three areas in particular: arts, skilled trades, and sciences.
Below is a list of apprenticeship programs in Southwest Ohio that not only teach you a trade but lead you to financial stability. The information in this article is as current as of the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information prior to acting.
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Free Apprenticeship Programs
301 Oak Street, Cincinnati, OH 45219
Duration: 11 months
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.
Apollo Home Apprenticeship Program
1730 Tennessee Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229
Duration: 6-8 weeks
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”!
Duration: 12 – 15 weeks
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.
Building Value – Job Training
4040 Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223
Duration: 3-9 months
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, child care, high school diploma. At the end of all will have the skills, track record and references to move into more permanent, higher-paying jobs.
Community Action Agency CDL Training
1740 Langdon Farm, Cincinnati, OH 45237
Duration: 5 weeks
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 child care. To be eligible, one must be live within the City of Cincinnati, be age 21 or older, have a valid driver’s license.
Easter Seals – Work Resource Center
2901 Gilbert Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206
Duration: 4-6 months
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.
Freestore Foodbank – Cincinnati COOKS!
1141 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Duration: 10 weeks
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 foodservice industry career. Classes take place from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. A new class starts every five weeks.
Independent Electrical Contractors
586 Kings Run Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45232
Duration: 4 years
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.
800 Bank Street, Cincinnati, OH 45214
Duration: 15 weeks
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.
Power Inspires Progress (PIP)
1301 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH, 45202
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.
YWCA’s First Course: Certified Dining Room Professional Training
898 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Field: Food Service
This training program provides free occupational training for jobs in the foodservice industry. Our program will prepare you for Server, Banquet Server, and Restaurant Server jobs. They use hands-on training to teach hard skills needed to fulfill the duties of any server position and soft skills required to get and, most importantly, keep a job.
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Apprenticeship Programs That Host Multiple Fields
Earn and Learn
5455 Glenway Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45238
Field: Construction and Electrical
Earn and Learn offers apprenticeships in fields ranging from Bricklayers, HVAC and Carpenters, to Masons, Roofers, Electricians, and Operating Engineers.
8450 Capstone Blvd, West Chester, OH 45069
Duration: 196 classroom hours
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 Workforce Development Center
10100 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH, 45241
Duration: 2 – 100 weeks
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.
Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee
1300 Century Circle North, Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Duration: 5 years
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.
Ohio Means Jobs Apprentice Opportunities
1-888-296-7541 (option 2)
Duration: 2144 job training and classroom hours
Cost: Varies with programs
Ohio has over 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.
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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