Learn the Skill, Earn the Trade
Start or Enhance Your Career in the Skilled Trades through Apprenticeship Courses
Trades Programs at Laurel Ridge Workforce Solutions
Electrical, HVAC, and Plumbing programs provide students with the basic knowledge and skills required to apply for entry-level positions or apprenticeship positions with a variety of companies. Whether you are new to the trade or an experienced professional, build your skills and start your journey to a successful career in the trades.
These programs are designed as hybrid training models to suit the busy lifestyles of our students. Hybrid training is a combination of online training and live classroom/lab training. It uses the NCCER (National Center for Construction and Education Research) curriculum which provides valuable standardized and portable national credentials that are helpful for students when seeking employment and/or building their careers with an employer.
These trades programs meet the requirements for a state registered apprenticeship. However, they do not place you into a state registered apprenticeship, which is between a student and an employer.
COVID update for Assessments:
Until further notice, Workkeys testing has currently been paused/suspended due to COVID-19 and therefore has been waived for all apprenticeship level 1 courses.
Trade Program Courses Available
OJT: 8,000 hrs (4yrs) and Classroom: 576 hrs (Electrical Levels 1-4)
Recommendation: Take our electrical apprenticeship classes to satisfy your training.
What does a job in electrical typically look like?
HVAC (Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning)
OJT: 8,000 hrs (4yrs) and Classroom: 576 hrs (HVAC Levels 1-4)
Recommendation: Take our HVAC apprenticeship classes in conjunction with the Core Craft Skills class to satisfy your training.
What does a job in HVAC typically look like?
OJT: 8,000 hrs (4yrs) and Classroom: 576 hrs (Plumbing Levels 1-4)
Recommendation: Take our Plumbing Apprenticeship Program along with the Core Craft Skills class to satisfy your training.
What does a job in plumbing typically look like?
What funding options are available?
The apprenticeship programs are FastForward programs and are also eligible for the G3 scholarship. Eligible residents who have been living in Virginia for at least one year may qualify for FastForward and pay only one-third of the cost of tuition. Since these are also G3 programs, you may be eligible for last-dollar funding, bringing your total tuition to $0. Please review the G3 information page, which outlines income qualifications and if you think you qualify or if you have any questions, please contact our operations team at 540-868-7021 to get registered.
Additional financial assistance, grant funding, and Sallie Mae loans are available here for eligible students.
Student Handbooks and Safety Manual
If you are considering a trades career training program, you will want to see our available handbooks pages below to help you prepare for an upcoming course. All handbooks are subject to change based on the needs of the program.
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Local Registered Apprenticeship Representatives
Registered Apprenticeship is an employment training option that meets the needs of employers, career seekers, and communities. Apprenticeship is an opportunity to get on-the-job training from highly skilled experts in your field of choice. To inquire about local registered apprenticeship opportunities connect with the contacts below.
Todd Cook, Apprenticeship Consultant
Contact him at [email protected] or (540) 248-9280 Ext. 25
Counties served with Apprenticeship include:
Albemarle, Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, Highland, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Page, Rappahannock, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah, City of Charlottesville.
Miguel Granillo-Cordova, Apprenticeship Consultant
Contact her at [email protected] or (703) 392-0900 Ext. 108
Counties served with Apprenticeship include:
Fauquier, King George, Spotsylvania, Stafford. Cities of Alexandria, Fredericksburg
Marco Pineda, Apprenticeship Consultant
Contact him at [email protected] or (540) 784-4438
Counties served to include:
Clark, Culpeper, Frederick, Loudon, Madison, Page, Rappahannock, Warren, City of Winchester
Benefits of Apprenticeship Courses for the Student:
- Receive high quality mentoring and education
- Earn while you learn
- Seek new employment or enhance a current position
- Earn a nationally recognized Certificate of Completion
- Immediate qualification to sit for Journeyman License
- On average enjoy higher lifetime earnings
Benefits of Apprenticeship for the Employer:
- Free to the employer
- Training standards can be tailored to the employers’ individual needs
- Training Increases productivity by cultivating a highly skilled and knowledgeable workforce
- Allows companies to promote from within and increase retention
- Strengthens the bond between management, supervisors, and employees and promotes teamwork
Check out the Apprenticeship videos below for more information on student and employer benefits:
Student Benefits Video
Employer Benefits Video