This week is National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), “a nationwide celebration that gives businesses, communities, and educators the opportunity to showcase their apprenticeship programs and apprentices while providing valuable information to career seekers.”

As part of our American Graduate initiative we partner with Newport News Shipbuilding- The Apprentice School and Ingalls Apprentice School. Our partnership has helped build skills needed for high demand jobs, pathways that lead to gainful employment and barriers to accessing these.

Here’s a look at how our regional partnership creates lifelong skilled careers for both men and women:

Newport News Shipbuilding – The Apprentice School
The mission is to contribute to the profitability and growth of Newport News Shipbuilding by recruiting, training and developing men and women for careers in shipbuilding.

The program provides the company with a continuous supply of workers trained in the skills and leadership qualities needed for a career in shipbuilding. Maybe also a little of its history and that it offers programs in 19 shipbuilding disciplines.

Apprentices can earn between $18-$28 per hour depending on their skill level and the length of time in the program.

Ingalls Apprentice School
Since 1952, the Apprentice School has produced more than 4,000 graduates in support of Ingalls’ operational needs. The program involves comprehensive two- to four-year curriculum for students interested in shipbuilding careers.

More than 1,500 apprentice alumnae fill approximately 50 different types of jobs at Ingalls, from pipe welders to senior executives.

Students are able to choose from 120 course offerings to learn skills for roles as a carpenter, electrician, pipefitter or welder and learn from rotating jobs.


To learn about national programs in Apprenticeship and to get involved, visit: