Apprenticeship Training Program
Apprenticeship - A Smart Business Investment
Apprenticeship is an attractive way to develop a highly skilled and productive
workforce. Here are some examples of how your business can benefit:
- Employee skills are tailored to fit YOUR workplace
- Recruitment and retention of a highly qualified workforce
- A proven process for development of knowledge and skills imparted from experienced
personnel to apprentices
- Employees trained in new technologies can share information with other staff, giving
you a competitive edge
- Skills of a retiring workforce are retained through on-the-job mentoring
- Greater workforce competency and productivity
- Reduced turnover
Purpose of Apprenticeship
Apprenticeship assist industry in developing and improving apprenticeship and other training
programs designed to provide the skilled workers needed to compete in a global economy.
Description of Apprenticeship
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 training programs are sponsored by joint employer and labor groups, individual
employers, and/or employer associations.
The U.S. Department of Labor Office
of Apprenticeship registers apprenticeship training programs. The Office of Apprenticeship's
role is to:
- first, safeguard the welfare of apprentices;
- second, ensure the quality and equality of access of registered apprenticeship training programs; and
- third, provide integrated employment and training information to sponsors and the local employment and training community.
How Registered Apprenticeship Training Works
To train an apprentice, you and your employee must first complete an apprenticeship agreement. Responsibilities of the apprentice and employer are outlined
in the apprenticeship agreement. 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. Additional information is available through
the Office of Apprenticeship's Web site.
Eligibility of Employer Applicants
Employer applicants include employers, or an association of employers, with or without the
participation of labor unions.
Department of Labor - Office of Apprenticeship field representatives are assigned to all designated trades to assist in arranging
apprenticeship agreements between employers and apprentices. The representatives will
explain your employer responsibilities for training under
The National Apprenticeship
Act of 1937 and ensure that your business premises meet on-the-job training standards.
The representatives also provide training information and guidelines and will review
the requirements and documentation needed for your apprenticeship records.
Employer applicants work closely with their assigned Department of Labor - Office of Apprenticeship field representative to develop a set of
registered apprenticeship training standards which include:
- an on-the-job training outline;
- related classroom instruction curriculum; and
- the registered apprenticeship training program operating procedures. The program
will be registered if it meets federal requirements.
The National Apprenticeship Act of 1937, as amended (Public Law 75-308) (29 U.S.C.
Part 518, §50, §50a, and §50b and 29 U.S.C. Part 664, §50 and §57.)
For Further Information or to Apply:
You may contact your nearest Office of Apprenticeship State Office or write or call:
State Director, USDOL/ETA/OA
300 East 8 Street, Suite 914
Austin, Texas 78701