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Registered Apprenticeship - Help Build and Retain a Skilled Workforce

Through an ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grant, Texas is charged with developing and implementing comprehensive strategies to support apprenticeship expansion; engage industry and workforce intermediaries, employers, and other partners to expand and market apprenticeship to new sectors and underserved populations. This expansion will enhance the State’s capacity to conduct outreach and work with employers to start new programs, expand and diversify participation in apprenticeship through strengthened partnerships.

What is Registered Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship combines classroom instruction with extensive on-the-job training under the supervision of journey level craftperson or trade professional.

Components of Registered Apprenticeship Training:

  • industry (business) involvement
  • structured on-the-job training
  • related training and instruction
  • rewards for skill gains
  • national occupational credential

Learn about the cycle of an apprenticeship program:

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Benefits to Industry

A business must be ready to compete in the global economy. By training apprentices, you can create an employee pool that will contribute to the bottom line and meet future workforce needs. Apprenticeship training is a key investment in a company’s future. Key benefits include:

  • helps recruit and develop a highly skilled workforce
  • improves productivity and return on investment
  • reduces turnover costs and increases employee retention
  • creates industry-driven and flexible training solutions to meet national and local needs

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Getting Started

Contact the ApprenticeshipTexas team

ApprenticeshipTexas staff are ready to help you identify the apprenticeship model that best suits your business. When you e-mail us, you'll get, one-on-one technical assistance and guidance to get your program up and running. Contact us at ApprenticeshipTexas@twc.state.tx.us to learn more about how apprenticeship can help.

Develop your apprenticeship program

Based on your business and training needs, an ApprenticeshipTexas staff will show you how apprenticeship can meet those needs. The engagement specialist will identify existing programs that can serve as a guide or can help you set up a program for a new occupation.

Through the assistance of the U.S. Department of Labor – Office of Apprenticeship, guidance is provided during every step of setting up your program. That means your program administration and related documents will adhere to state requirements while ensuring that your workforce training keeps pace with industry standards. Once developed, your program structure is your blueprint to ensure high-quality on-the-job learning and cutting-edge theoretical instruction for your skilled workforce. The ApprenticeshipTexas staff work with you to develop your program and help troubleshoot any issues that may come up.

Apprenticeship is an effective solution in any occupation that involves progressive attainment of manual, mechanical or technical skills, and knowledge which meets industry standard for that occupation, and which:

  • requires a paid on-the-job learning component
  • is customarily learned in a practical way through a structured, systematic program of on-the-job supervised learning
  • requires related theoretical (academic) instruction to supplement the on-the-job learning
  • is clearly identified and recognized as an occupation throughout an industry

Become a Registered Apprenticeship program

U.S. Department of Labor - Office of Apprenticeship is the registration agency for apprenticeship. When you are approved to train apprentices, you join more than 400+ Texas registered apprenticeship programs who have chosen to train their skilled workforce using apprenticeship.

The primary responsibility of an approved registered apprenticeship program is to provide the on-the-job training to the apprentice under the supervision of skilled workers. The business pays the apprentice for work performed and for the hours of related instruction specified in the program. 

Once approved as a registered apprenticeship program, you and your apprentices enter into a written agreement that specifies the length of training, related school requirements, an outline of the skills to be learned and the wages the apprentice will receive during the program. 

Grow your skilled workforce through Apprenticeship

Once your registered apprenticeship program is established, you'll have access to tools and resources designed to help you maintain your program. You'll have access to industry experience and expertise. You'll capture the skills and knowledge of your existing skilled workforce and pass it on to your newer employees.

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Apprenticeship Occupations

Texas registers apprenticeships in hundreds of different occupations, ranging from the traditional construction trades (plumbers, electricians, carpenters) to industrial (maintenance mechanic, tool and die) to non-traditional (advanced manufacturing, healthcare, information security).

Access available apprenticeable occupations in Texas by industry or location:

Events

Texas Workforce Commission hosted a two-day ApprenticeshipTexas conference in San Antonio. The conference featured panel discussions with insights from employers on how Registered Apprenticeship programs work, developing a Registered Apprenticeship program for high School students, working with disabled veterans and collaborating with community colleges.

Check back for future roundtable meeting information.