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About

The Apprentice School—founded in 1919 at Newport News Shipbuilding—is the preeminent apprenticeship program in the nation and offers four-, five-, and eight-year apprenticeships in nineteen shipbuilding disciplines and eight advanced programs of study. The Apprentice School is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education and registered with the Virginia Apprenticeship Council. The school offers apprentices the opportunity to earn college credit, receive competitive pay and benefits and learn a trade. The school is committed to fostering apprentices’ development of craftsmanship, scholarship and leadership.

Founded in 1919

when Homer L. Ferguson issued Executive Order No. 24

10,000+ Grads

The majority of our graduates went straight into shipbuilding careers.

Accreditation

The Apprentice School is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education.

7840 Roswell Road Building 300, Suite 325 Atlanta, GA 30350 Telephone: 770-396-3898 / FAX: 770-396-3790

Mission

The mission of The Apprentice School is:

  • To contribute to the profitability and growth of Newport News Shipbuilding by recruiting, training and developing men and women for careers in shipbuilding.
  • To provide the company with a continuous supply of journeypersons who possess the skills, knowledge and pride of workmanship which have traditionally distinguished the shipbuilding craftsman.
  • To develop core leadership principles in all students along with the character and technical competence that is required to fully meet the challenges of a shipbuilding career.

Core Values

Integrity

Integrity is at the heart of who we are and what we do. We are each personally accountable for the highest standards of ethics and integrity. We will fulfill our commitments as responsible citizens and employees. We will consistently treat customers and company resources with the respect they deserve.

Safety

We value our employees above all else and will not compromise on maintaining a safe and healthy work environment for them. We expect everyone to actively participate and take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of those around them. Employees can report safety concerns without fear of reprisal and are empowered to stop work if an operation presents significant risk or danger. We continuously evaluate and improve our operations to understand and mitigate risk.

Honesty

We are committed to being honest and fair with our customers, our employees, our stockholders and each other. We will be truthful, trustworthy and honorable in all aspects of our work.

Engagement

We are committed to an engaged workforce. Our employees are very involved in what they do and take ownership of their work and their work processes. Engagement is a heightened level of ownership where employees want to do whatever they can for the benefit of their internal and external customers, and for the success of the organization as a whole.

Responsibility

We seek and accept personal responsibility for our actions and results. We keep promises and commitments made to others. We are responsible for ensuring quality is a component of everything we do. We take pride in providing outstanding customer service.

Performance

We hold ourselves to a very high standard of performance. We are committed to improving our company performance while upholding our strong values. Superior performance and quality ensure future trust and confidence in our products. We promote continuous improvement, innovation, and creativity.

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Leadership

The Apprentice School's leadership team leverages extensive experience in the shipbuilding industry and higher education to coordinate the preeminent registered apprenticeship program in the nation. The team's commitment to developing future industry leaders is realized through the rigorous academics, trade-related course work and strategically timed on-the-job training offered by The Apprentice School, resulting in alumni who possess an eye for innovation and a steadfast commitment to first time quality.

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Faculty

Craft Instructors

Eighty-six years ago, the school introduced the role of craft instructor to help apprentices develop the core leadership principles and craftsmanship necessary for a successful shipbuilding career. Today, almost 70 craft instructors ensure apprentices receive the training and the types of jobs they need to develop targeted skill sets, document the apprentices' skills development and provide them with regular and consistent evaluations.

Academic Instructors

The Apprentice School’s 14 academic instructors deliver the courses in business, communications, drafting, mathematics, physics and ship construction. Academic instructors create classroom experiences to prepare apprentices for work in their shipbuilding trades, to continue their education in one of the school's advanced programs and to further their education through Newport News Shipbuilding's Educational Assistance Program.

Leadership Development

Apprentices become leaders in the classroom and on the waterfront through the development of The Apprentice School's nine leadership principles:

Integrity
Commitment
Improvement
Respect
Teamwork
Empowerment
Communication
Planning
Decision Making

Graduates of The Apprentice School are well prepared to continue Newport News Shipbuilding's long tradition of building the most complex and powerful naval vessels in the world.

Relationship to Newport News Shipbuilding

Because of the unique nature of apprenticeship, The Apprentice School and its leadership are structured within Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. Huntington Ingalls designs, builds and maintains nuclear and non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market services for military ships around the globe. The Apprentice School provides quality training and education for Newport News Shipbuilding.

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