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Education and Training

On-The-Job Training and Apprenticeship

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.

Type of Assistance

The following on-the-job and apprenticeship opportunities may be available to Veterans:

  • Union plumber
  • Hotel management
  • Firefighter

Search for a participating employers.

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. Contact your 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.

Available 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:

  • You will receive 100 percent of your applicable MHA during the first six months of training in these increments:
    • 80 percent of your applicable MHA during the second six months of training
    • 60 percent of your applicable MHA during the third six months of training
    • 40 percent of your applicable MHA during the fourth six months of training
    • 20 percent of your applicable MHA during the remainder of the training
  • Post-9/11 GI Bill recipients will also receive up to $83 per month for books and supplies.

All other GI Bill programs. For all other GI Bill programs, the payment rates are as follows:

  • 75 percent of the full-time GI Bill rate for the first six months of training
  • 55 percent of the full-time GI Bill rate for the second six months of training
  • 35 percent of the full-time GI Bill rate for the remainder of the training program