Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced Tuesday that the apprenticeship programs could be up and running next summer or fall.
The program is intended to help people get the skills they need to take jobs in construction and manufacturing.
A machinist apprenticeship is supported by local manufacturing companies and will focus on computer-aided manufacturing jobs.
The other program will focus on training people to be managers and cost-estimators on construction jobs.
The specific types of apprenticeships were chosen to fill gaps in the state's workforce training efforts. Chafee says they will create new opportunities for workers in industries that are important to the state's economy.