Explore a Career in Accounting

Youth Accounting Apprenticeship

Enjoy math and working with numbers?

Like the idea of helping businesses keep track of their finances?

If so, Accounting might be the perfect area of study for you.

Imagine you were a human calculator that could keep track of figures, solve numbers problems, and analyze data. You’d be a valuable asset in the business world. The same goes for accounting professionals. If this sounds like a field you’d enjoy, Guilford Apprenticeship Partners (GAP) can help you get started in this career path.

As a GAP apprentice, you will:

Gain the hands-on skills you need

Get paid to go to school and train

Earn a college degree for free

Companies will pay you to work as an apprentice. Plus, you get to earn a college degree for free, all while you’re still in high school — your fast track to a paycheck and a rewarding career.

Skills for Success in Accounting

As an accounting professional, you might track a company’s income and expenses, analyze financial records, and help businesses make informed financial decisions. If the thought of doing work like this interests you, consider some of the skills that could help you be successful in this industry. How many do you have?

Interests

  • Research
  • Reading
  • Operations
  • Assembling
  • Personal finance
  • Troubleshooting
  • News and trends
  • Lifelong learning

Skills

  • Curiosity
  • Precision
  • Organization
  • Multitasking
  • Problem-solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Attention to detail
  • Computer proficiency

School Subjects

  • Math 
  • Business
  • Finance 
  • Economics
  • Accounting
  • Computers
  • Statistics
  • Data analysis

Parents…

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The Future of Careers in Accounting

Accounting careers aren’t just available with businesses. Nonprofit organizations and government agencies also need skilled professionals to help monitor and record costs, budgets, and earnings. Think of all the places where money changes hands, whether through income, expenses, employee salaries, or donations. Any of those could be a potential employer for someone skilled in accounting.

With the skills you gain from an apprenticeship, you could add real value to organizations as a(n):

  • Bookkeeper
  • Billing specialist
  • Payroll assistant
  • Accounting clerk
  • Accounting assistant
  • Junior accountant
  • Accounts receivable clerk
  • Accounts payable clerk

What’s more, the head start you gain from an apprenticeship could provide you with a higher-paying position sooner and help you build a more competitive salary path throughout your career.

Ready to jumpstart your career?

Potential Apprenticeship Providers and Employers

At Guilford Apprenticeship Partners (GAP), we work with top accounting employers in the Piedmont-Triad area to provide the best hands-on apprenticeship training. Learn from experienced workers who live in your community, gain valuable skills, and develop strong connections.

Once your apprenticeship is complete, you could continue working with your apprenticeship provider as a regular full-time employee. After all, our apprenticeship partners are looking to invest in you — building their next generation of skilled, loyal workers.

Learn more about our participating employers.

Jowat
Jowat SE with headquarters in Detmold is one of the leading suppliers of industrial adhesives. These are mainly used in woodworking and furniture manufacture, in the paper and packaging industry, for graphic arts, in the textile, automotive as well as in the electrical industry.

FAQs

Get answers to some of the common questions we hear from interested students just like you.

We provide apprenticeships for high school students throughout Guilford County, North Carolina, including Greensboro, Jamestown, Summerfield, Stokesdale, Oak Ridge, McLeansville, Pleasant Garden, Whitsett, and Sedalia.

No, students do not need to live in Guilford County, NC, or attend high school in Guilford County to qualify.

You can apply for our youth apprenticeship program starting your junior year of high school. If accepted, you start on-the-job training while you’re still in high school. You are paid for your work as an apprentice, and the cost of all of your tuition, books, and fees are covered as well. 

You’ll earn a competitive hourly wage that increases as you progress through the program. Once you’ve completed the apprenticeship, you’ll have earned an associate’s degree from Guilford Technical Community College. If you’d like to continue on to earn a bachelor’s degree, your associate degree credits are eligible for transfer to most state 4-year universities. 

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Though you may qualify for various job titles after completing an accounting apprenticeship, we’ll look at the salary of a junior accountant as an example. The average U.S. salary for this profession is about $60,830, according to Salary.com. Factors that can impact pay include location, industry certifications, and experience level.

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