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Apprenticeship Programs: a win/win solution

Recruit your future talents through apprenticeship to address your digital skills gaps

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Trusted by organizations of all sizes and awarded Apprenticeship Ambassador by the Department of Labor

Apprenticeship Ambassador
Department of labor, United States of America
L'Oreal Group

Education + Experience = Apprenticeships

Learn about professional apprenticeships

Apprenticeships combine hands-on learning with related technical instruction. As apprentices earn a wage, they gain specialized skills and knowledge that directly apply to their job. These programs provide a path to break into industries with in-demand, specific skill sets, even without a college degree.

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Foster social mobility and diversity

Address recruitment challenges with on-the-job training and competitive wages for non-degreed candidates.

Professional training for in-demand jobs options

Apprenticeship programs aren't just for skilled trades anymore. Programs in data analytics, digital marketing, and other tech roles are available.

Promote loyalty and increase retention

Provide career progression for employees who know your company and career paths for employees who want to learn new skills.

Boost overall company performance

Apprenticeships boost productivity, profitability, and financial performance.

Minimize liability costs

Mitigate your liability costs by training apprentices in your business practices and procedures.

Funding options are available

Federal and state funding to support businesses starting apprenticeship programs may be available.

Why choose OpenClassrooms?

Our apprenticeship training model is flexible and aligns to your business needs, with full support provided at every stage.

Flexible start date, schedule, and learning journey

  • Programs tailored to fit your business needs.
  • Hire one or more apprentices whenever it suits your business, all year round.
  • Your apprentices access online training and support at any time and from anywhere.

High-touch apprentice and employer support

  • We help you source and qualify candidates, prepare apprentices for assessments, and deal with admin.
  • Your apprentices benefit from one-to-one weekly sessions with their dedicated OpenClassrooms mentor who’s an expert in their field.
  • Apprentices can start with a pre-apprenticeship bootcamp to prepare them to start on-the-job on day 1 in your company (optional).

Applicable digital skill acquisition

  • Developed in-house with employers, partners, tech giants, and practicing professionals, our apprenticeship programs are designed to bridge digital skills gaps.
  • Students acquire on-the-job skills through project work within your company and core skills through scenario-based training projects.
  • Our mentors are industry experts who help your apprentices acquire skills they can apply to your business problems and opportunities.

Breaking barriers and changing mindsets: Merck's journey towards closing the opportunity gap in corporate America

Ngozi Motilewa
Enterprise HR Lead, Merck
“For Merck and any employer, it’s a journey. 2020 was a radical awakening for all corporate America to look in the mirror and say: ‘What can we do differently to help solve the opportunity gap and the responsibility gap?’. In spite of having great sponsorship, we identified some barriers which we are working to overcome, one of which is stigma. Helping to change the mindset of hiring managers within our organizations about how they can think differently about talent.”

How do our apprenticeships work?

  1. 1

    Funding, sourcing, and assessing apprentices

    We guide you through the admin needed to get state funding, help you to identify talents, and ensure prerequisites are met.
  2. 2

    Upskilling with our project-based learning model

    During the first months of their training program, apprentices work on scenario-based projects with their OpenClassrooms mentor. They develop concrete tech skills they can transfer to their daily work. You can follow your apprentices’ progress via our platform and admin dashboard.
  3. 3

    Building a professional portfolio with workplace projects

    During the second part of their apprenticeship program, apprentices complete workplace projects with the help of their OpenClassrooms mentor. These projects are based on your company’s needs and form the professional portfolio needed for the end-point assessment.

An apprentice's schedule and support

In your organization

On-the-job training

  • Working on company assignments

Workplace advisor

In your company
  • Onboards apprentice into your team, and establishes a connection with OpenClassrooms
  • Provides support and guidance
In your organization4 daysa weekOn OpenClassrooms1 daya week

On OpenClassrooms

Off-the-job training

  • 100% online
  • Project-based learning

OpenClassrooms mentor

Expert in the field
  • Hosts weekly one-to-one sessions
  • Helps apprentice acquire the skills your business needs

OpenClassrooms by the numbers


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Dive deeper with our FAQ

Apprenticeships are government-approved training programs that combine a job with practical training.
In a nutshell, apprentices are entry-level workers who split their time between working in your company (4 days per week) and following a training program to acquire in-demand skills (1 day per week).
An apprenticeship program usually lasts one year but can be longer depending on the employer, the complexity of the occupation, the industry, and the type of program.

The differences between apprenticeships and internships fall into the following areas: length of time, structure, mentorship, pay, credentials, eligibility criteria, and college credit.

Apprenticeship programs are open to every entry-level worker, aged 16 and over, who successfully completes the admission process.
All companies are eligible to hire apprentices or upskill existing employees. Apprenticeships are suitable for people at any level of employment.

There are several reasons why hiring apprentices can benefit your company. The main reasons are:
- You'll be able to easily recruit and develop a highly skilled workforce to fill today’s most in-demand jobs such as data analysts, IT technicians, digital marketers, and software developers.
- You'll minimize your costs by reducing turnover and increasing retention (92% of apprentices continue employment after completing an apprenticeship).
- You'll foster a diverse and inclusive culture leading to higher productivity and a positive impact on your bottom line (On average, employers realize an average return on investment of $1.47 for every $1 invested).
- You'll be able to receive tax credits and employee tuition benefits as each year the US Department of Labor (DOL) announces funding opportunities.

Every registered apprenticeship program (RAP) includes:
- Paid job: Apprentices are paid employees who produce high-quality work while acquiring in-demand skills.
- On-the-job learning: Develops skilled workers through structured learning in a work setting.
- Classroom learning: Implements a curriculum of job-related skills through education (virtual or in-person).
- Mentorship: A skilled professional supports and enhances apprentices' critical hands-on learning in their field of expertise.
- Credentials: Portable, nationally recognized credentials issued to apprentices at the completion of the program.
At OpenClassrooms, our learning model perfectly fits the requirements as our apprenticeship training programs already include an online curriculum, mentorship, and project-based learning.

Implementing successful apprenticeships requires competencies in building a curriculum that respects federal standards and ensures apprentice skill acquisition.
As a school, we have already designed top-quality learning content and programs that allow anyone to acquire from scratch the skills required for digital jobs.
Contact us to discuss your needs.

At OpenClassrooms, mentors are the cornerstone of our online pedagogy. Our mentors are experts in the field who meet your apprentices once a week by video call. They provide support and feedback on the apprentice’s progress on portfolio projects that form part of our training programs.
The workplace advisor is one of your existing employees who will be your apprentice’s point of contact in the workplace. The workplace advisor will onboard and accompany your apprentice during their daily tasks in your company.
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