On-the-job training and apprenticeships
Learn how GI Bill training programs can help you pay for books, supplies, and housing while you’re learning a trade or skill through on-the-job training or apprenticeships. Find out how to get these education benefits.
Am I eligible for education benefits?
You may be eligible for benefits if you qualify for the GI Bill and want to work in an industry or job that has on-the-job training, like:
- Hotel management
- Spouses and children getting benefits through either the Fry Scholarship or the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) Program
- Children getting transferred benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill (also called Chapter 33)
Exception: You can’t get on-the-job training if you’re an active-duty service member or a spouse using a transferred benefit.
What benefits can I get?
- Money for books and supplies
- Money for housing, if you use Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits
How do I get these benefits?
You’ll need to make sure the program is approved for VA education benefits.
You’ll most likely need to enter into a training contract for a set amount of time with an employer or union. During training, you’ll probably get a salary from the employer or union, which can go up as you gain more skills. When you finish your training, you’ll get a job certification or journeyman status.