The Registered Apprenticeship system combines supervised on-the-job training with technical classroom instruction in subjects related to the apprentice’s chosen occupation. The apprentice has the opportunity to earn a living while gaining skills, and pay raises are awarded throughout the program as skills increase. Apprenticeship has been proven to be a very successful strategy for preparing skilled workers to help America compete effectively in the global economy.
Apprenticeship programs are operated by both the public and private sector. Those entities offering an apprenticeship program are called sponsors, and may be an employer, employer association, or labor union. Recently, community colleges, workforce development centers, and faith and community-based organizations have collaborated with businesses and industries to develop Registered Apprenticeship programs through sponsoring employer-participation agreements. The sponsor of an apprenticeship program plans, administers and usually pays for the program.
Information Tools and Resources to Support Apprenticeship Development
Registered Apprenticeship Community of Practice - Messages, Stories and Information:
Informational Materials available through Office of Apprenticeship Web site:
Department of Labor Publishes Rules to Modernize National Apprenticeship System: