Attention Applicants: The Apprentice School is no longer accepting applications for the 2018 academic school year. We will begin accepting applications in January 2019. Thank you for your interest in The Apprentice School.

Apprentice School: The Opportunity is Yours

Equal Opportunity Employer – Veterans/Disabled Welcome – U.S. Citizenship Required for Most Positions

Meet Requirements

The recruitment, selection, employment and training of apprentices are based on bona fide occupational requirements and are done without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. The company takes affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and operates the program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 30, and the Virginia State Plan.


To qualify for consideration for The Apprentice School, applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age. Current high school seniors may apply for early admission before reaching age 18.
  • Have a high school education with a passing grade in at least four of the following courses:
  1. Algebra I
  2. Geometry
  3. Algebra II
  4. Mechanical/Drawing
  5. Vocational/Technical Education or Computer Science
  6. Advanced Mathematics
  7. Chemistry
  8. Physics
  9. Principles of Technology
    (Please Note: Meeting the minimum requirements specified does not ensure selection.)

  • Demonstrated college readiness in math and English is preferred. (See note below) Applicants may submit post-secondary (college/university) transcripts that indicate readiness in math and English in lieu of community college testing.
  • Be physically able to perform the essential duties of the shipbuilding discipline requested or assigned.
  • Be able to obtain the proper security clearance. Due to the nature of the work performed at Newport News Shipbuilding, U.S. citizenship is required. Applicants will be subject to a U.S. government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.
  • Current employees of Newport News Shipbuilding must have good attendance and job performance records.

(Note: Meeting the minimum requirements specified does not ensure selection. College readiness (placement/outcomes) in math and English can be obtained from your local community college testing center and results submitted to The Apprentice School's admissions office.)