Central Ohio Pre-Apprenticeship Hub

The Central Ohio Pre-apprenticeship Hub is developing and supporting pre-apprenticeship programs within businesses, schools, and adult education programs throughout Central Ohio. A pre-apprenticeship is entry level training which provides a direct pathway into a registered apprenticeship program. Pre-apprenticeships introduce a person to an industry or specific career role and develop essential work-related skills.

Benefits of a recognized pre-apprenticeship include:

  • Career exploration
  • Work experience¬†and work history
  • Develop on-the-job and industry-specific skills
  • Secure an employer¬†for a registered apprenticeship
  • May receive credit for completed study towards a full apprenticeship

Department of Labor: Elements for a quality pre-apprenticeship program:

  • Approved Curriculum
  • Simulated Experience
  • Facilitated Entry
  • Increased Diversity
  • Supportive Services
  • Sustainable Partnerships

Ready to Take Action?

The strategic plan for the Central Ohio Pre-Apprenticeship Hub is to create apprenticeship pathways for in-demand careers across industry sectors specifically in Information Technology, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Transportation, Supply Chain, and Construction.

We are expanding programming to include a growing number of schools and businesses in the community. Inquiries on how to get started are welcomed and grants may be available to help launch new programs. Please submit this simple application form to get started!

Current Pre-Apprenticeships

Industry Sectors:

  • Architecture & Construction
  • Education & Training
  • Engineering
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Participating School Districts:

  • Academy of Urban Scholars
  • Buckeye Valley Local Schools
  • Canal Winchester Local Schools
  • Columbus City Schools
  • Delaware Area Career Center
  • Delaware City Schools
  • Dublin City Schools
  • Eastland-Fairfield Career &
    Technical Schools
  • Fusion Ed Schools
  • Groveport Madison Local Schools
  • Hamilton Local Schools
  • Hilliard City Schools
  • Licking Heights Local Schools
  • Reynoldsburg City Schools
  • Tolles Career & Technical Center
  • Westerville City Schools
  • Whitehall City Schools
  • Worthington City Schools


Case Studies:

Advancing Opportunities for Women through Apprenticeship

The Advancing Opportunities for Women through Apprenticeship case-based resource guide provides a framework for meaningful expansion of apprenticeship programs for women. The guide includes case studies on four high-quality, women-inclusive pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs in a range of industry sectors.

The case studies were developed through on-site visits to the program locations; interviews with program staff, partners, and current and former participants; and a review of program materials and data. They provide information and insights related to partnership development, program design, and outcomes that outline how pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs can help women access family-sustaining jobs and quality career pathways. The guide identifies common strategies across the four programs to help others learn how to create programs that successfully open pathways to in-demand jobs for women through apprenticeships.

Learning and Work Institute Case Studies