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Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly-skilled occupation. Apprenticeship programs are sponsored by joint employer and labor groups, individual employers, or employer associations.
The purpose is to stimulate and assist industry in developing and improving apprenticeship and other training programs designed to provide the skilled workers needed to compete in a global economy.
To train an apprentice, you and your employee must first complete an apprenticeship agreement which outlines responsibilities of the apprentice and employer. A certified journeyworker must provide practical training according to trade standards. You must also verify the number of hours an apprentice works and pay a predetermined, industry-set wage.
To qualify for funds, apprenticeship training programs and apprentices must be registered with the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship. If you are an employer and would like information regarding funding for related classroom instruction for adults in registered apprenticeship training programs, contact the Texas Workforce Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information on Apprenticeship, see the following resources from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL):