Apprenticeship is, in simple terms, a state-affiliated training program offered in conjunction with employer sponsors and local educational agencies. Valley Career & Technical Center provides apprenticeship-related instruction for the area encompassing Augusta County, Staunton, Waynesboro, and Highland County. On occasion, the Center also services apprentices from surrounding areas such as Rockbridge County.
A number of area business and industries sponsor apprentices. There are many skilled and technical trades that are apprenticeable. The four trades most heavily represented at Valley Tech are Industrial Maintenance Mechanic, Machinist, HVAC Technician, and Electrician. The registering agency for the Virginia Apprenticeship Program is the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry. Locally, the apprenticeship representative is Faith Clayton. Their office is located in Verona, Virginia and the telephone number is 540 248-9280. Following registration, apprentices are eligible to attend apprenticeship classes at VCTC.