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Apprenticeships, Internships and Volunteering
Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation. Apprenticeship programs can be sponsored by individual employers, joint employer and labor groups, and/or employer associations.
Connecticut Department of Labor
Office of Apprenticeship Training
200 Folly Brook Blvd.
Wethersfield, CT. 06109-1114
Telephone: (860) 263-6085
Fax: (860) 263-6088
Vinnie Valente - Program Manager
Phone: (860) 263-6087
Ken Duff - Apprenticeship Coordinator
Phone: (860) 263-6167
Volunteering can be a great strategy for developing skills and qualifications for work, for expanding your network of contacts and references, and building your work history. You can increase your confidence while helping others succeed, and improving life in your community. Many people have found volunteering to be a valuable tool for self-development to become a strong candidate for work that they want to do.
Use the drop-down list of cities/towns on the Volunteer Connecticut website to find volunteer opportunities in your area or to connect with your local volunteer center. Simply click on a town and you will be connected to the web site of the volunteer center for that community and/or an online database of volunteer opportunities.
Internships provide on-site work experience related to specific career goals. Internships should include training and supervision, with an emphasis on learning and professional development. They may or may not be paid, or offer course credit for students. Internships should not involve routine, repetitive tasks unrelated to identified learning goals. Click here for more information.
Many companies, nonprofit organizations and government agencies offer internship opportunities. Exploring the potential of an internship may lead to work experience with an employer or in an industry that could lead to a job you may want. Ask about internship opportunities where you may want to eventually work.