Apprenticeship

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What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a combination of On-the-Job Training (OJT) and a related Classroom Training (CRT) program. This industry-driven model is very effective for employers to build a skilled workforce. There is a distinct difference from a United States Department of Labor (USDOL) Registered Apprenticeship (RA) and an Apprenticeship. Employers can provide an unregistered Apprenticeship; however, a true RA is required to have at least 144 hours of CRT for each year of an OJT. The program is reviewed and certified by USDOL staff. A ratio of one journey-level craft or trade professional to one apprentice (1:1) is required for the OJT portion in most RA’s. This allows the Registered Apprentice to learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation from an industry professional.

Roles in a Registered Apprenticeship

  • Employer
    The employer plays a big role in a Registered Apprenticeship. The employer provides paid On-the-Job Training, paid Classroom Training, and a mentor that is a journey-level craft person or a trade professional (1:1).
  • Apprentice
    An apprentice can be a new hire or an individual that has been employed with the company for any period. When hiring an apprentice an employer could take an employee that has some experience in the field. This may allow the apprentice to get some credit for previous training or education.
  • Classroom Trainer
    The classroom training provider can be a Community College, University, or career and technical training provider. This provider works with the employer to build an approved USDOL RA curriculum.
  • Sponsor
    A sponsor can be an individual employer, a joint employer and labor group, an employer association, or a local workforce partner. The sponsor will work with the employer, the training provider, and the United States Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship to design an approvable RA.
  • Unites States Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship (USDOL OA)
    This partner will assist the employer with the appropriate paperwork to be completed, review and certify the apprenticeship, and grant official use of the Registered Apprenticeship Partners Information Data System (RAPIDS). The USDOL OA will also approve and monitor the completion of the Apprenticeship and issue a National Occupational Credential upon the completion of the Apprenticeship.

Supervised, structured on-the-job training combined with technical instruction

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Regularly scheduled wage increases based on hourly wage, occupation, and benchmark completion

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Coverage while attending instructional classes by state industrial insurance

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VA educational benefits for eligible Veterans for approved programs

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Credit for apprenticeship completion toward an Associate Degree for approved programs

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Nationally recognized Journeyworker credential upon completion

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