Apprenticeship Program

Apprentices learn while earning! Begin building your future with a paid, structured, on-the-job training program while completing your certificate or degree at ECC. 

Student apprenticeship benefits:

  • Start working in a high-demand field with incremental wage increases as your skills increase.
  • Be sponsored by an employer who pays your school tuition so you can graduate with no college debt.
  • Depending on your program, upon completion, you will earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or a Basic Vocational Specialist (BVS) certificate and certification from the US Department of Labor.
  • Apprenticeships are considered as work experience and go on your resume.


Employer ROI:

  • These programs are attractive to employees who want to work as an apprentice while in school and can help you proactively address future workforce shortages.
  • Help you grow your skilled/trained workforce by promoting existing workers or new hires.
  • Increase employee morale and loyalty.
    • The National Apprenticeship Service states that ninety-two percent of companies with apprenticeship programs believe that it leads to higher motivation. Eighty percent report increases in employee retention.
    • ECC and our partner, the Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT), will help promote your apprenticeship(s).
  • Promotes diversity in the workplace by helping under-recruited populations gain skills.
  • Apprenticeships create additional opportunities for brand and company name recognition.

Employer Apprenticeship Interest Form

Available Apprenticeships Programs

Students: Steps to Apply

  1. Submit an Apprenticeship Interest Form.
  2. Apply to Elgin Community College.
  3. Take placement tests as required, or submit previous test scores. Contact testing services for details.
  4. Interview with companies that have partnered with ECC to offer an apprenticeship.

Email us for a link to walk-in hours on Tuesday between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and Thursday between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.  If you have additional questions, please contact or 847-214-7454.