For Veterans
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services values our veterans and their service. Veterans can find a perfect match with an ApprenticeOhio program.
What is an apprentice?

An apprentice is someone 16 or older who is learning a career from a skilled worker and earning while they learn, all without student loan debt!

Each program includes a minimum of 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and 144 hours of classroom instruction each year.

Why become an apprentice?

Many veterans can user their GI Bill® educational benefits during approved apprenticeship training programs. With apprenticeships, you are a full-time employee from Day One.

While you earn a paycheck, you will be trained on-the-job by an expert worker and participate in classroom instruction that applies directly to your career.

Once you complete your apprenticeship, you will receive a certificate that is recognized nationally.

You will also have skills that can lead to a higher salary and in-demand job opportunities.

Can I Use my G.I. Bill® for apprenticeships?

Yes! It's a great way to receive educational benefits while learning a new career, even as you earn a good wage.

Using the G.I. Bill® for apprenticeships

You may qualify if you are eligible for the GI Bill® under the Active Duty (Veteran) or Reserve GI Bill® programs and:

  • You are no longer on active duty
  • You were recently hired or promoted
  • You left active duty less than 10 years ago or
  • You are currently a member of the Guard or Reserve

Any spouse or child eligible under Chapter 35 also may be eligible when in qualified training. Check your eligibility at

The state approving agency can provide you and your employer with GI Bill® forms, help, and guidance.  To connect with your state approving agency area consultant, visit