Advance your employment prospects by learning a trade or skill through participation in VA on-the-job training or apprenticeships. These programs typically involve entering into a training contract for a specific period of time with an employer or union. At the end of the training period, a job certification is issued or journeyman status achieved. Most Veterans receive a salary from the employer or union during training. As your skills increase, so may your salary. GI Bill payments are issued monthly after VA receives certification of hours worked from your employer or union.
There are a wide variety of on-the-job and apprenticeship opportunities available. Some examples include:
This training is not available to active duty Servicemembers or spouses using a transferred benefit. Get the fact sheet about on-the-job and apprenticeship training.
Employer Information. Employers can participate in this program. Please review our Understanding On-The-Job Training & Apprenticeship Approval Guide for employers and sponsors. Employers can also contact their local State Approving Agency, which governs programs at the state level and helps determine which programs Veterans should enroll in to maximize their VA educational benefits.
Although the participation requirements are the same for all GI Bill programs, the payment amount varies depending on the program. View the payment rates for your GI Bill program.
Post-9/11 GI Bill recipients. The payment rates are as follows:
All other GI Bill programs. For all other GI Bill programs, the payment rates are as follows:
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Last updated December 16, 2015