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Apprentice Program - For Students

As an apprentice, the benefits to your education and career are numerous. Apprentices carry little to no student debt upon completion of the program. You’ll earn as you learn. In addition to a SUNY education, you receive real work experience and broadened skill sets that lead to a nationally recognized certificate and the opportunity to continue to work toward a college degree.

See a list of approved trades from the New York State Department of Labor.

Who Can Participate in the Apprenticeship Programs at SUNY?

  • Must be 18 years old (no maximum age limit).
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED or TASC).
  • Possess a strong work ethic.
  • Willingness and desire to learn and work in the trade you choose.

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Benefits of an Apprenticeship Program - For Employers

As an employer in New York, trained, skilled workers are needed to keep your company moving forward. Apprentices have a genuine interest in your industry. Being part of an apprenticeship program may reduce hiring costs by providing a streamlined channel to bring on new workers. When working with apprentices, companies report higher productivity, retention rates (less turnover), and substantial return on investment.

See a list of approved trades from the New York State Department of Labor.

Funding Opportunities

The Apprenticeship Programs at SUNY will:

  • Cover a portion of Related Instruction tuition costs for Registered Apprentices from your company studying at a SUNY college.
  • Reimburse a SUNY college for a portion of training for Pre-Apprentices to prepare them to work in your business.
  • Cover a portion of the cost to assess Registered Apprentices’ assessment conducted by a SUNY college for hybrid and competency programs.
  • Reimburse advanced manufacturing employers with 50 or fewer employees for a portion of a Registered Apprentice’s wages during On the Job Training (OJT).

State tax incentives include:

Empire State Apprenticeship Tax Credit (ESATC)

  • Provides tax incentives to certified New York State Registered Apprenticeship sponsors for hiring newly qualified Registered Apprentices.
  • Offsets costs incurred by employer sponsors who employ Registered Apprentices

Apprenticeship Expansion Grant (AEG)

  • Provides funding to cover costs associated with training apprentices to certified New York State Registered Apprenticeship sponsors.
  • Reimburses costs including Related Instruction, OJT, books and tools.

Looking for more information on how to take the next steps? Contact Barbara Reer at


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