This program is an approved training provider that enables Veterans to collect earned GI Bill benefits for On the Job Training (OJT). For more information visit: or

Apprenticeship & On-The-Job Training Programs


GI Bill® benefits are available for more than college enrollment. Many veterans are not ready or able to commit to a college program, but few veterans and employers know that benefits are also paid to those who are employed and learning a new skill. Use MGIB benefits to learn new skills while training on-the-job and earning a full-time wage.

OJT training usually requires six months to two years for completion for professions such as a cook, machine tool operator, medical secretary, pharmacist assistant, police officer, or paramedic. Apprenticeship is usually much longer than OJT training, lasting from two to five years in length and includes occupations such as aircraft mechanic, automotive technician, electrician, and welder. Approved programs involve a combination of theoretical instruction and skill training.

How does it Work?

  • The employer and the veteran agree on a training plan of at least 6 months long, leading to new skills and new pay;

  • The employer contacts the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSSAVE) for assistance;

  • The veteran applies to the VA for monthly educational benefits (;

  • The employer maintains work and training records, evaluates the trainee's progress, agrees to at least one wage increase during the training period, and certifies the trainee's hours to the VA each month (Employer Tool KIt).

Who is Eligible?

Veterans and service members eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill® (Chapter 30), Post-Vietnam Era Veterans' Education Assistance Program (Chapter 32), Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33), Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35), and Montgomery GI Bill® - Selected Reserve Program (Chapter 1606) are eligible for OJT and Apprenticeship Training programs.

For more information about eligibility, contact the VA at or call (888) 442-4551. For more information about OJT Programs, contact the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education or call (916) 503-8317. For more information about Apprenticeship Programs, contact the California Division of Apprenticeship Standards at or call 415-703-4920.

To apply for the Montgomery GI Bill® (MGIB) education benefit, complete VA Form 22-1990 found or apply online at

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