The Apprentice School

A One-of-a-Kind Trade School for Shipbuilders

Model Summary

The Apprentice School, located in Newport News, VA, is an industry-driven, hands-on apprenticeship college for individuals interested in pursuing a career in shipbuilding. The school offers four-to-eight-year programs in more than 19 shipbuilding skill areas, as well as advanced programs to develop the next generation of world-class journeymen and company leaders.

Key Elements of the Model

  • Industry-recognized credentials
  • Paid on-the-job training
  • No school debt
  • Common employability skills
  • Opportunities to earn an associate degree with partner colleges
  • Technical skills needed in advanced shipbuilding
  • Leadership skills
  • Relationship building with Huntington Ingalls Industries employees