Employers: Learn about starting an apprenticeship program

Did you know that starting an apprenticeship program can help you meet your recruitment, training, and retention needs? Read on to learn more about Registered Apprenticeships.

What is a Registered Apprenticeship Program?

Registered Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, receive progressive wage increases, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally-recognized credential.  Registered Apprenticeships are industry-vetted and approved and validated by the U.S. Department of Labor or a State Apprenticeship Agency.

RAPs enable and energize more employers to participate and provide them access to larger talent pools that have been trained for entry-level to management positions, thereby meeting industry demands and reducing unemployment rates across the country. 

Key elements of all Registered Apprenticeship programs include the following:

  • Industry Led – Programs are industry-vetted and approved to ensure alignment with industry standards and that apprentices are trained for highly skilled, high-demand occupations.
  • Paid Job –  Apprenticeships are jobs! Apprentices earn progressive wage as their skills and productivity increase.
  • Structured On-the-Job Learning/Mentorship – Programs provide structured on-the-job training to prepare for a successful career, which includes instruction from an experienced mentor.
  • Supplemental Education – Apprentices are provided supplemental classroom education based on the employers unique training needs to ensure quality and success.
  • Diversity – Programs are designed to reflect the communities in which they operate through strong non-discrimination, anti-harassment, and recruitment practices to ensure access, equity, and inclusion.
  • Quality & Safety – Apprentices are afforded worker protections while receiving rigorous training to equip them with the skills they need to succeed and the proper training and supervision they need to be safe.
  • Credentials – Apprentices earn a portable, nationally-recognized credential within their industry.

Want to learn more?

Visit Apprenticeship.gov’s Employer section

Looking for more recruitment or retention resources?

Visit CareerOneStop’s Business Center

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