What’s the difference between an Apprenticeship and an Internship?

November 9, 2023
Posted by
Ernest "BJ" Beaver

Apprenticeship and internship are often used interchangeably when discussing workforce development. While the two share similarities, there are vast differences between the two.

An apprenticeship is a structured and formal training program designed to prepare people for skilled occupations through a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction. These programs are established by employers, industry associations and labor unions in collaboration with government agencies and educational institutions. Registered apprenticeships are known for their rigorous and standardized approach to workforce development.

An internship is a temporary work arrangement that provides people, often students or recent graduates, with an opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience in a specific field or industry. Internships tend to have short durations and are intended to provide exposure to a real working environment. They can be paid or unpaid, but it is strongly recommended to offer a paid internship to attract quality talent to your business.

Both opportunities are readily available in our community. If you need help getting started, please contact BJ Beaver by emailing bj.beaver@partnershipgrandstrand.com.

To learn more about each type of program and which may be the best fit for your business visit our website Partnership Grand Strand.

About Partnership Grand Strand
Partnership Grand Strand is a 501c3 foundation launched in 2022 by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce to fund a five-year economic and community development initiative. Through investments from local businesses and partnerships with community organizations, the foundation leads and supports efforts related to four pillars of success: prosperity, talent, place and infrastructure. Through their focused endeavors, Partnership Grand Strand works to accelerate economic prosperity and enhance quality of life across Horry and Georgetown counties. 
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