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While “apprenticeship” and “internship” are often used to describe the same experience, an apprenticeship is usually more closely tied to a specific job opportunity and course of training.  An apprenticeship also generally lasts longer than an internship, is usually tied to a specific training program, and commonly is a paid position (an internship may be paid or unpaid).

An apprenticeship is a job in which the worker is paid to learn a set of skills through on-the-job training. Unlike an internship—in which the intern works for little or no money and rarely receives formal training—an apprenticeship follows an earn-while-you-learn model and leads to a nationally recognized credential that recipients can take anywhere in the country.

A career in the trades can offer you many things, but one of the best aspects is that your apprenticeship education is almost entirely free and there is no education-related debt once completed, unlike that of a traditional four-year college/university education.​



Apprenticeship Information - Condensed
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Northwest Michigan Works!

The apprenticeship team at Northwest Michigan Works! is there to support you as an apprentice or as the employer of an apprentice.

From creating a Registered Apprenticeship Program to sourcing grant funding, Northwest Michigan Works! will help ensure that your apprenticeship addresses your organizational goals while supporting the career goals of the apprentice.


SEEDS Landscape Technician Apprenticeship Program:​

The Landscape Management Technician Apprenticeship program provides 2000 hours of specialized training in landscape management. Apprentices receive paid training resulting in a national credential as a Landscape Management Technician. Open to ages 16-24.


The program includes training in:

  • Green Construction

  • Reforestation

  • Ecological Restoration

  • Plant Identification

  • Safe Equipment Handling Education

  • Leadership Skills

  • And More!

This innovative green-collar U.S. Department of Labor registered apprenticeship is made
possible by a partnership between Northwest Michigan Works! and SEEDS EcoCorps.

For more information, visit, call 231-947-0312, or email

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