What is a Registered Apprenticeship?

Registered apprenticeships are high-quality work-based learning and post-secondary earn-and-learn models that meet national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor (or federally recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies). Apprenticeship combines classroom studies with extensive on-the-job training under the supervision of journey level craft person or trade professional.

Workers who complete apprenticeship programs earn an average of $300,000 more over their career when compared to peers who don't.
 

What are the Advantages of Apprenticeship?
 

Benefits to career seekers:
 
  • Wages earned while On the Job training (Pay not included with RTI)

  • Improved skills and competencies

  • Higher wages as skills increase

  • National, portable credentials

  • Career advancement
     

Benefits to employers:
 
  • Highly skilled employees

  • Reduced turnover costs

  • Lower investment in recruitment

  • Higher productivity

  • More diverse workforce

 

Five Core Components of Registered Apprenticeship 
 

  1. Employer Involvement - Employers are the foundation of every Registered Apprenticeship program.

  2. Structured On-the-Job Learning - Apprentices receive on-the-job training from an experienced mentor for typically not less than one year.

  3. Related Instruction - Apprentices combine on-the-job learning with technical education at community colleges, technical schools, apprenticeship training schools, provided on-line or at the job site.

  4. Rewards for Skill Gains - Apprentices receive increases in wages as they gain higher level skills.

  5. National Occupational Credential - Registered Apprenticeship programs result in a nationally-recognized creditial - a 100% guarantee to employers that apprentices are fully qualified for the job.