What is NCTAP?
The North Carolina Triangle Apprenticeship Program (NCTAP) is an apprenticeship program designed to develop experts needed in the modern workforce. The program, based in North Carolina’s Triangle area, focuses on integrated basic training which develops technical, methodological, and social skills. The core training program utilizes a hands-on approach to develop skills across a wide range of disciplines.
Starting in the 11th grade of high school, this four-year program is divided into modules, with classes leading to an Associate’s Degree (AAS) in Mechanical Engineering Technology or Automotive Systems Technology at Wake Tech Community College, OR Mechatronics Engineering Technology at Vance Granville Community College AND paid, on-the-job training at participating Triangle employers.
NCTAP Selection Process
Candidates must complete each of the seven phases in succession. See the timetable below:
- Phase One – attend a presentation on NCTAP at your school in the fall of your junior year of high school
- Phase Two – attend one or more NCTAP Partner Facility Tours in December and January
- Phase Three – at our invitation, attend a four-day, after-school orientation in the spring
- Phase Four – if selected for the Pre-Apprenticeship, gain admission to area community colleges participating in NCTAP
- Phase Five – if selected, attend a six-week, paid summer Pre-Apprenticeship
- Phase Six – offer of full NCTAP apprenticeship to the best candidates, starting in your senior year of high school (outstanding recent graduates may also be considered)
- Phase Seven – successful completion of four-year NCTAP apprenticeship and start of your career
- November/December – NCTAP partners visit high schools
- December/January – Students & parents attend partner facility tours
- April – Selected students attend four-day after-school Orientation at partner facilities
- Spring – Selection process for summer Pre-Apprenticeships
- June-August– Six-week, paid Pre-Apprenticeships at partner companies
- August – Signing ceremony for students chosen for four-year NCTAP apprenticeships
- Upon high school graduation – Full-time apprenticeship begins