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Apprenticeship Training Program
Training providers deliver training to eligible registered apprentices. Training
providers work with apprentices and employers to develop training needs, deliver
training, assess apprentices' achievement of skills, and issue certificates on
successful completion of apprenticeship training classes that are recognized
nationally and often globally.
Training providers may be employer organizations or community colleges.
Each training provider offers different ways of training apprentices. Apprentices
and their employers should consider all training providers to select a training
provider that will suit both their needs.
For a list of training providers relevant to your chosen apprenticeship program,
State Director, USDOL/ETA/OA
300 East 8 Street, Suite 914
Austin, Texas 78701
Training Provider's Role in Apprenticeship
Registered Apprenticeship is a well-established methodology for training
and developing employees in apprenticeable industries (i.e., industries that require
professional knowledge and technical and mechanical skills). Examples of apprenticeable
industries include aerospace, construction, health care, manufacturing, military,
public utilities, and telecommunications. To ensure that the quality of on-the-job
training remains high, employer organizations (i.e., plumbing, electrical, and manufacturing
industries) register their programs and become registered apprenticeship training programs.
A registered apprenticeship training program signifies that the employer organization meets
a quality standard to become a qualified training provider.
The U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship registers
apprenticeship training programs that meet specific standards of proven practices.
According to these standards, an apprentice receives the delivery of a minimum of 2,000
hours of structured on-the-job training under the guidance of qualified "journeyworkers"
and a minimum of 144 hours per year of related classroom instruction from a qualified
training organization or school. Along with this approach, apprentices start at entry-level
wages and follow a progressive wage scale based on their progress.
Assessment of Training Needs
The apprentice, employer, and training provider should develop a training plan for the
apprenticeship program. The training plan typically outlines the following:
- current skills;
- what training is needed;
- who will deliver the training;
- when and where training will be delivered;
- how long training will take;
- when and how training will be assessed and monitored;
- what qualifications will be issued on completion of training; and
- any special training needs.
The way training is received depends on the apprenticeship program, the employer's business needs,
and the apprentice's trade of choice.
- Technical Training Classes
On-the-job training is meant to provide an opportunity for trainees to put into practice theories
they learn in related classroom training. The employer and apprentice will determine the location
of the training and will schedule the necessary training period(s) for each of the apprenticeship
- On-the-Job Training
Technical training programs are designed to ensure that apprentices receive a broad-based education
related to their trade of choice and not all material learned in the classroom will be available to
every apprentice on every jobsite. Employers are to have certified journeyworkers working in the
same trade on-site for the apprentice to train under. These journeyworkers will verify the training
the apprentice receives in the workplace.