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ABOUT.

EARN MONEY WHILE YOU LEARN.

NCTAP is an apprenticeship program designed to develop experts needed in the modern workforce. The program, based in North Carolina’s Triangle area, focuses on integrated basic training which develops technical, methodological, and social skills. The core training program utilizes a hands-on approach to develop skills across a wide range of disciplines.

Starting in the 11th grade of high school, this 4-year program is divided into modules, with classes leading to an Associate’s Degree (AAS) in Mechanical Engineering Technology at Wake Tech Community College or Mechatronics Engineering Technology at Vance Granville Community College and paid, on-the-job training at participating Triangle employers.

NCTAP is proud to be associated with Apprenticeship 2000, a highly-successful program in the Charlotte area, and with the NC Department of Commerce’s Apprenticeship & Training Bureau.

LEARN MORE – PRESENTATION
Experience

Experience.

LEARN FROM THE BEST.

At NCTAP prepares you for high-demand careers such as…
01. MECHANICAL ENGINEERING.

Design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

02. MACHINIST.

Machinists use machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, and grinders, to produce precision metal parts.

03. ELECTRICIANS.

A tradesperson specializing in electrical wiring of buildings, stationary machines, and related equipment.

04. OTHER EXCELLENT FIELDS.

Careers in fields such as design, metal fabrication, machine coding, machine learning, automation and more.

Skill

Skills.

RESULTS DRIVEN DESIGN.

In most cases, apprentices, due to their superior education, assume managerial responsibility early in their careers. Not surprisingly, most NCTAP partner businesses were founded by former apprentices; some are world leaders in their field..
DESIGN 85%
MACHINE LEARNING 90%
ELECTRICAL 78%
FABRICATION 93%
ENGINEERING 85%
AUTOMATION 94%

SKILLS TO LAUNCH YOUR CAREER.

Getting excited yet? Find out what it takes to get into the NCTAP program.

Prerequisites

Prereqs.

YOUR CAREER IS WAITING.

We want you to succeed. To give you the best foundation for that success, NCTAP has a selective process for applicants…
SELECTION PROCESS
TIMELINE
Schools

Schools.

FIND OUT WHEN WE’LL BE AT YOUR SCHOOL.

 Schools  Date
 Durham County
 Research Triangle Charter High School   November 16th
 Riverside High School   November 17th
 Franklin County
 Bunn High School   December 1st
 Franklinton High School   December 8th
 Louisburg High School   December 17th
 Granville County
 Granville Central High School   November 9th
 J.F.Webb High School   November 15th
 South Granville High School   November 16th
 Johnston County
 Clayton High School   January 8th
 Corinth Holders High School
 West Johnston High School
 Orange County
 Carrboro High School
 Cedar Ridge High School   November 16th
 Chapel Hill High School
 Charles Jordan High School
 East Chapel Hill High School
 Orange High School   December 5th
 Vance County
 Northern Vance County High School
 Southern Vance County High School
 Wake County
 Apex Friendship High School
 Apex High School   December  18th
 Athens Drive High School   November 27th
 Broughton High School
 Cary High School   December 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
 East Wake High School
 Enloe High School   November 28th
 Franklin Academy High School – Wake Forest
 Fuquay-Varina High School   November 29th
 Garner Magnet High School   November 29th
 Green Hope High School   November 20th
 Heritage High School
 Holly Springs High School   November 9th
 Knightdale High School
 Leesville Road High School   December 8th
 Middle Creek High School   December 5th & 6th
 Millbrook High School
 North Raleigh Christian Academy
 Panther Creek High School   December 4, 5, 7th
 Rolesville High School
 Sanderson High School   December 1st
 Southern Wake Academy Charter
 Thales Academy High School – Apex
 Thales Academy High School –  Rolesville
 Vernon Malone College & Career Academy   December 1st
 Wake Forest High School
 Wakefield High School
Warren County
Warren County High School
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Following are the requirements for NCTAP facility tours:

– Participation is intended for 11th-grade NC Triangle-area (Wake and surrounding counties) high school students for apprenticeships beginning the following summer. Exceptional 12th grade students and recent graduates are also welcome, as are siblings and friends.

– Students from all schools are welcome: public, private, charter and home schools.

– School Counselors and CTE teachers are encouraged to attend.

– Participation is by pre-registration only – you must register below.

– Space is limited and attendees will be chosen on a first-come-first-serve basis.

– Students must bring at least one parent or guardian to the facility tours.

– Dress appropriately – long pants, solid, closed shoes or work boots, collared shirts. Remember that you will be making your first impressions on a possible future employer in this highly-selective program. Safety glasses and other necessary items will be provided by NCTAP partners.

– Two tours are held on each of the three dates: from 8:00-9:00 and from 10:30-11:30.

– You may attend up to six facility tours, choose which NCTAP Partner companies interest you the most.

– Following the facility tours you may be invited to return in the spring for a week-long, after-school Orientation where you will do actual work similar to what you would experience as an Apprentice.

– You should arrive at the company addresses can be found on the Partner companies homepage shortly before the start of the tour.

– GSK Tours: those registering for tours of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in Zebulon must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the tour for special sign-in procedures at the entrance to their facility.  GSK REQUIRES A PHOTO ID FOR ALL VISITORS. All visitors must be pre-registered and check in first at the guard facility at the entrance before proceeding to the location of the tour, which will be described by GSK officials.  Please take this into consideration when scheduling multiple tours when one of these is GSK.

FAQs

FAQ.

LET’S ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS.

Is this something new? 2017-09-18T18:49:57+00:00

No! Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers and many others entered their careers through apprenticeships. NCTAP is returning this time-tested means of career development to the Triangle

What if I want to earn a four-year degree later? 2017-11-11T16:07:26+00:00

NCTAP Apprentices earn a two-year Associated Degree (AAS) in Mechanical Engineering Technology.  Credits earned at Wake Tech or Vance Granville Community College are transferable to in-state four-year colleges with Engineering Technology curriculums.  Many employers support continued studies, and it is not unusual for former apprentices to pursue further degrees.

How much will I be paid as an NCTAP apprentice? 2017-09-18T18:45:45+00:00

NCTAP apprentices are paid a competitive hourly wage which increases annually. Bonuses and benefits are typically included but these vary by employer.

How long does it take? 2017-09-18T18:45:28+00:00

Starting in the last year of high school, an NCTAP apprenticeship takes four years. NCTAP apprentices start their careers as rising high school juniors, years ahead of those who pursue a traditional four-year college degree before gaining real-world skills

What skills are learned in NCTAP? 2017-09-18T18:45:13+00:00

Apprentices will receive training at Wake Tech in the following areas: machining, welding, sheet metal fabrication, computer controls & automation (PLC), machine assembly and repair, plastic molding/forming, composites, electrical circuitry and electronics, all part of the Associate’s Degree (AAS) in Mechanical Engineering Technology they earn. While at work you will receive further training specific to your employer’s needs, which may include certification in these skills, These skills are in great demand in the U.S. and abroad.

What are the outcomes of NCTAP? 2017-09-18T18:44:32+00:00

A high school diploma, an Associate’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology at Wake Tech (paid by your employer), a Journeyman’s Certificate, four years of paidwork experience and in most cases a guaranteed job.

What is NCTAP? 2017-09-18T18:44:11+00:00

A partnership between NC Triangle Region industry, community colleges, high
schools (public, charter, private, and home) and the North Carolina Apprenticeship and Training Bureau.

What is a Master Craftsman? 2017-09-18T18:43:45+00:00

The ultimate achievement of a skilled tradesman, a Journeyman can only achieve this distinction following years of work under another Master Craftsman and successful completion of an array of written, oral and skills examinations. In many countries, only a Master Craftsman may be permitted to establish a business in his trade, assuring a high standard.

What is a Journeyman? 2017-09-18T18:43:26+00:00

The name for the graduate of an apprenticeship program such as NCTAP, “Journeyman” is derived from the German “Wanderschaft”, the age-old practice of apprentices traveling (‘wandern’) between several Master Craftsman during their training.Within NCTAP, apprentices will gain a similar variety of skills from their employer and while attending classes at Wake Tech.

What is an apprenticeship? 2017-09-18T18:43:04+00:00

An apprenticeship combines on-the-job training with formal lectures and hands-on learning. NCTAP apprenticeships are based on the best examples found in Europe, especially Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

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“NCTAP has been such an incredible experience for me. I am pumped to have my education paid for, gain skills to take into my career and have a job lined up after my apprenticeship!”

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Our Partners.

PROUD TO WORK WITH THE BEST.

Click on the image of any of our partners to learn more about each company.

Events.

EXPERIENCE IT FOR YOURSELF.

Our upcoming events are a fantastic way to learn more about NCTAP and begin the first steps towards a future career.

Upcoming Facility Tours 2017/2018

December 9, 2017 08:00am & 10:30am

January 13, 2018 08:00am & 10:30am

January 27, 2018 08:00am & 10:30am

SIGN UP FOR EVENTS

Following are the requirements for NCTAP facility tours:

– Participation is intended for 11th-grade NC Triangle-area (Wake and surrounding counties) high school students for apprenticeships beginning the following summer. Exceptional 12th grade students and recent graduates are also welcome, as are siblings and friends.

– Students from all schools are welcome: public, private, charter and home schools.

– School Counselors and CTE teachers are encouraged to attend.

– Participation is by pre-registration only – you must register below.

– Space is limited and attendees will be chosen on a first-come-first-serve basis.

– Students must bring at least one parent or guardian to the facility tours.

– Dress appropriately – long pants, solid, closed shoes or work boots, collared shirts. Remember that you will be making your first impressions on a possible future employer in this highly-selective program. Safety glasses and other necessary items will be provided by NCTAP partners.

– Two tours are held on each of the three dates: from 8:00-9:00 and from 10:30-11:30.

– You may attend up to six facility tours, choose which NCTAP Partner companies interest you the most.

– Following the facility tours you may be invited to return in the spring for a week-long, after-school Orientation where you will do actual work similar to what you would experience as an Apprentice.

– You should arrive at the company addresses can be found on the Partner companies homepage shortly before the start of the tour.

– GSK Tours: those registering for tours of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in Zebulon must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the tour for special sign-in procedures at the entrance to their facility.  GSK REQUIRES A PHOTO ID FOR ALL VISITORS. All visitors must be pre-registered and check in first at the guard facility at the entrance before proceeding to the location of the tour, which will be described by GSK officials.  Please take this into consideration when scheduling multiple tours when one of these is GSK.

Contact

Contact.

LET’S TALK.

Have questions about the program or other thoughts you’d like to share? We’re here to help.