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15 Apprenticeship Programs that Only Require A High School Diploma

Cincinnati apprenticeship programs help fill skilled trade industries that are often forgotten.

 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 Cincinnati apprenticeship programs that not only teach you a trade but lead you to financial stability.

Building Value – Job Training
4040 Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223
Duration: 3-9 months
Cost: Free
Field: Construction and Retail
On-the-job training positions at Building Value help to move people with workforce disadvantages into construction and retail careers. The temporary nature of these positions gives associates time to remove barriers that have prevented them from staying employed in the past (lack of transportation, child care, high school diploma, etc.) At the end of the training period, associates have the skills, track record and references to move into more permanent, higher-paying jobs.
CMHA Home Work Training Program
1627 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45214
Duration: 40 hours
Cost: Free
Field: Interior/Exterior Painting
Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority in partnership with Sherwin-Williams offers a free painter training class. The Home Work training program helps men and women across the country increase their painting skills and secure higher paying jobs in the construction industry. Every participant who completes the full 40 hours of training will receive a Certificate of Completion and earn EPA’s—Lead, Renovation, Repair and Painting Certification. Applicants must be a CMHA resident, Housing Choice Voucher Holder or Section 3 resident and complete a basic interview for admission. The class will happen on October 23 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Carpentry Training Program
611 Shepherd Drive, #9, Cincinnati, OH 45215
Duration:3 months
Cost: Free
Field: Carpentry 
RBW Properties and Construction is offering and opportunity to learn the carpentry trade through classroom and hands-on experience. The program offers instruction in blueprints, safety, power tools, framing, drywall, etc. to give students a basic level of skill to enter the construction industry upon completion of a three-month course of instruction. Applicants are required to be fully committed to attending all 12 weeks of instruction and upon completion of requirements will be offered an opportunity for employment. Applicants should reside in 45202, 45206, 45207, 45211, 45217, 45229, and 45237.
Community Action Agency CDL Training
1740 Langdon Farm, Cincinnati, OH 45237
Duration: 5 weeks
Cost: Free
Field: Commercial Truck Driving
Take the wheel and start a new career with this five-week Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training program. In addition to truck driver training, 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.
Community Health Worker
Duration: 10 weeks
Cost: $2750
Field: Healthcare
In 10 short weeks of classroom/online training and a community-based practicum, you can have a new profession, providing essential health information and linking clients to valuable community resources to improve their health and wellbeing. You will educate clients about medical and behavioral health services, work with pregnant women to provide support and assistance after delivery, assist clients in finding a regular doctor and more. Tuition assistance is available.
Cincinnati State Workforce Development Center
10100 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH, 45241
Duration: 2 – 100 weeks
Cost: $100 – $6,000
Field: Industrial training, HAZMAT rescue and safety, and more 
The Workforce Development Center at Cincinnati State provides career training for individuals and meets the needs of corporations, government agencies, and not-for-profits for high-value workforce education and training. 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. Courses are offered year-round at a variety of locations depending on interest.
Easter Seals – Work Resource Center
2901 Gilbert Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45206
Duration: 4-6 months
Cost: Free
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
Cost: Free
Field: Culinary
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 food service 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
Cost: Free
Field: Electrical 
This company offers training and apprenticeships for anyone wanting to break into a career as an electrician. Training starts when you apply and are accepted as a four-year apprentice by one of 40 electrical contractors in the area. During your apprenticeship, you’ll attend classes at IEC to 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). As part of your training, you’ll also work side by side with the contractor and earn wages until you complete your apprenticeship. From the start, you’ll get hands-on experience doing what fully trained electricians do every day. When you finish the four-year program, you are a certified journeyman electrician. 
Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee
1300 Century Circle North, Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Duration: 5 years
Cost: $530
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.  The length of an apprenticeship program is five years.  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
Field: Varies 
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. Apprentices can earn a living as they train for high-quality, reliable employment and a rewarding career.
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
Ohio Valley Goodwill 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 Microsoft Certified Application Specialist.
Per Scholas
800 Bank Street Cincinnati, OH 45214
Duration: 8 weeks
Cost: Free
Field: Technology 
IT Support offers the CompTIA A+ certification 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 of completely free and long as the individual is committed 100%. Applications are accepted year-round.
Power Inspires Progress
1301 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH, 45202
Cost: Free
Field: Food Prep 
Power Inspires Progress operates small businesses in the inner city to provide meaningful work experiences.  In addition, the program offers 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. If interested in learning more, the program employs an open interview process.
YWCA’s First Course: Certified Dining Room Professional Training
898 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Cost: Free
Field: Food Service  
This training program provides free occupational training for jobs in the food service 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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