Regional employers are offering rising high school juniors, seniors and graduating seniors the opportunity to "learn and earn." Youth apprentices receive paid on-the-job training along with related classroom instruction at Trident Technical College. The costs associated with the youth apprenticeship college courses are covered by the program for students who are hired by participating companies.
Two-year apprenticeship opportunities are available in the following areas:
- Industrial Mechanics
- Machine Tool Technology
- Culinary Arts
- Hotel Operations
- EMT (open only to rising and graduating seniors)
- Medical Office Assistant
- Computer Networking
- Junior Computer Programming
- Civil CAD Technician
- Air Conditioning and Refrigeration/HVAC
- Security/Pre-Law Enforcement*
- Engineering Assistant - Engineer pathway (for students enrolled in PLTW classes at their high school)
- Engineering Assistant - Engineering Technician pathway (for students enrolled in PLTW classes at their high school)
- Welding (NEW!)
- Pharmacy Technician (NEW!)
*In South Carolina, law enforcement officers must be at least 21 years of age. This apprenticeship equips students for employment as private security officers, and prepares them to continue their education and training at the police academy.
Students who participate in and complete the two-year program will receive:
- Two years of paid employment and mentoring from an industry professional
- A high school diploma (if not already granted)
- One year of college credit from TTC free of charge
- National credentials from the U.S. Department of Labor
- Two years of work experience
- Marketable skills for life
To be eligible for a two-year youth apprenticeship, a student must:
To start the process, students must complete and submit all sections of the Youth Apprenticeship Application Packet, including proof of qualifying scores on the ACCUPLACER Placement Test. To schedule an appointment at our Testing Center, call 843-574-6410.
*Mechanical Aptitude Test may be required for manufacturing, HVAC and automotive apprenticeships.
*Graduating seniors must file FAFSA
- Be a rising junior, senior or graduating senior
- Be at least 16 years of age
- Achieve qualifying ACCUPLACER Placement Test scores*
- Be willing and able to commit to the full two years of the program
- Demonstrate academic readiness and responsibility
- Have reliable transportation to work and to school
- Be legally able to work in the U.S.
Click here for a list of frequently asked questions about youth apprenticeships.