Learn a new trade or skill

Looking for paid, on-the-job learning?

Apprenticeships are a great option for people who  like to work with their hands and are ready to go to work.

Are you a high school student who wants to directly enter the workforce? Have you been in the workforce and want to learn a new trade or skill? Offered through Bates Technical College, the apprenticeship program may offer you paid, on-the-job learning. Apprenticeships are a great option for people who like to work with their hands and are ready to go to work.

There are 8 Washington state-approved apprenticeship training programs affiliated with Bates Technical College, ranging from the aerospace industry to construction fields. Apprentices work in the field earning wages at a percentage of the journey-level rate while also attending classes on a part-time basis, typically in the evenings.

As apprentices progress through the program, they receive regular pay increases. Apprenticeships are one-five years in length, and upon completing the program, they receive a journeyman-level certificate of completion from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries Apprenticeship & Training Council.

Apprenticeship Studies Associate Degree

In addition to earning the certificate, apprentices have the opportunity to earn a degree in Apprenticeship Studies. The degree path can be a great option for those who are interested in pursuing a supervisory, inspector or other positions.

How do I enroll in an apprenticeship program?

To gain entry into a Bates-affiliated apprenticeship program, you should contact the apprenticeship training coordinator directly. Eligibility varies from program to program, but typically you must have a high school diploma or GED, be at least 16 years, and demonstrate the ability and aptitude to complete the program.


Apprenticeship Appreciation Reception

Each year, Bates Technical College honors our partners in apprenticeship and awards the Apprenticeship of the Year.

Past Award Recipients

You’re invited to join us for the Apprenticeship Appreciation Reception on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, at 5 p.m., held at the Central Campus Advanced Technology Building.

Please RSVP here. 

Join us as we honor our 2022 Partner of the Year award recipient, the Washington State Firefighters JATC. Hear from Executive Director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Paul Francis.

Evite for Apprenticeship Reception, photo of fire service student holding hose



Bates Technical College reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity. Please read our non-discrimination policy here.

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