Clean Energy Youth Apprenticeship

These youth pre-apprenticeship programs offer students interested in pursuing careers in clean energy and environmental efficiency a launching pad into an "earn while you learn" career pathway. These programs will link clean energy based curriculum taken in high school with post-secondary crendentialing, degree attainment, and paid on-the-job learning.

Students who start in a qualifying youth pre-apprenticeship program while in high school and enroll in a registered apprenticeship program within 120 days after graduation qualify for the youth pre-apprenticeship tuition waiver at a NC community college.

Pre-Apprenticeship (High School)
High School Progams
  • Introduction to Solar
  • Fundamentals of Solar
  • Working Smart
  • Lean 6 Sigma (Yellow Belot)
  • OSHA 10-Construction
  • Problem Solving
  • NC Pre-apprenticeship Certification
  • E-FLIP Energy Efficiency Certification
High School Graduation
Apprenticeship (College)
Paid On-the-Job Learning
  • 80 hours paid work-based learning
Program Completion
  • High school diploma
  • Transferable college credit and a portable Journeyworker credentials from the USDOL
  • Professional network and mentors
  • Paid work experience

Long-Term Goals

Energy Career Pathways and Training Program aims to bridge the gaps between academic technology training and the needs of the energy industry through certification programs and on-the-job training. For more information, please visit

Clean Energy

4-year deployment goal

Approved NC Clean Energy Pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs

Pyramid can be adjusted depending on county

Each can be completed independent of a degree program (lattice) or as a career pathway (ladder) where credits can be used to fulfill advanced degrees

For more information, contact the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Work-based Learning Consultant at the Office of Career and Technical Education at


NC Governor Roy Cooper
NC Department of Public Instruction
NC Community College System
NC Department of Commerce
Apprenticeship NC
Charlotte Executive Leadership Council