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Youth Apprenticeships

Regional employers in a variety of industries are offering rising high school juniors, seniors and graduating seniors the opportunity to get paid to learn as youth apprentices. Youth apprentices receive paid on-the-job training along with classroom instruction as dual-credit students through Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeships. All tuition and costs for the apprenticeship-related college courses at TTC are paid for by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, making the program free to students who are hired as youth apprentices.

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)

  • CNA/Pre-Nursing

  • Medical Office Assistant

  • Computer Networking

  • Junior Computer Programming

  • Cybersecurity

  • Civil CAD Technician

  • Automotive

  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration/HVAC

  • Security/Pre-Law Enforcement*

  • Bookkeeping/Pre-Accounting

*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

  • A completion certificate for coursework that may be applied to an associate degree

  • National credentials from the U.S. Department of Labor

  • Two years of work experience

  • Marketable skills for life


To be eligible for a youth apprenticeship, a student must:

  • Be a rising junior, senior or graduating senior

  • Be at least 16 years of age

  • Achieve qualifying ACCUPLACER Placement Test scores*

  • Demonstrate academic readiness and responsibility

  • Have reliable transportation to work and to school

  • Be legally able to work in the U.S.

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 is required for manufacturing, HVAC and automotive apprenticeships.