I've been offered an apprenticeship to become an appliance tech, but they are asking me to complete a 90 day "ride-along" period to see if I would be a good fit before being hired on as an actual apprentice. I would be paid during this period.
I guess to me this sounds a little strange. Why not hire me outright? I asked them about it, but they explained it to me as a time to see if I would be a good fit, and if I liked the profession. The service manager explained that they have had 3 people sign up as apprentices and leave after a year or less because they ended up hating it, so they are gun-shy to just hire me as an apprentice outright.
A little about me: this is a huge career change. I really have 0 appliance repair experience. My dad is a very well known tech in our area, and I grew up in the appliance tech world. I am very mechanically inclined, and I am a very quick study.
EDIT: They would also be giving me a truck to use to drive between job sites, and the 90 days would count towards my union hours when I did start the actual apprenticeship