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What is the 
Rhode Island Apprenticeship Program?

Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job learning 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 and/or employer associations. Placement into this structured system is through a sponsor.

PLEASE NOTE: The Apprenticeship Program does not provide job placement. It is the responsibility of the future apprentice to find employment with a registered sponsor.

The main telephone number is (401) 462-8580, option #1.


Apprenticeship and Sponsor Consultation

Please consult for information on apprenticeship training:

For Construction Trades: Juana Rosales, RI DLT, Apprenticeship Office
Email: Juana.Rosales@dlt.ri.gov | Phone: (401) 462-8580

For All Other Occupations: Beth Ashman, Apprenticeship RI
Email: bashman@bfri.org | Phone: (401) 919-5919 x 208

For additional assistance, helpful tips, concerns, complaints or compliments:
Richard Palmiere
, Supervisor of Apprenticeship
Email: Richard.Palmiere@dlt.ri.gov | Phone (401) 462-8536

Apprenticeship = Good paying jobs while learning...

A chosen career in Apprenticeship is a signed commitment to learn new skills by working in a full-time job, in conjunction with 144 hours of classroom training per year.

Apprenticeship is an alternative to college and tuition.
Interested in becoming an apprentice? Click here!

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Often employers and unions form joint apprenticeship committees which determine industry needs for particular skills, and the kind of training required. They also set the standards for acceptance into the program.

The purpose of this program 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.

The US Dept. Of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship registers apprenticeship programs and apprentices in 23 States and assists and oversees State Apprenticeship Councils (Sacs) which perform these functions in 27 States, the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Rhode Island is an SAC state. Government's role is to first, safeguard the welfare of apprentices; second, ensure the quality and equality of access of apprenticeship programs; and third, provide integrated employment and training information to sponsors and the local Employment & Training community.

National Apprenticeship was authorized in 1937, by the National Apprenticeship Act (Fitzgerald Act), as amended PL 75-308, 59 Stat. 664, 57 Stat. 518, 29 U.S.C. 50, 50a and 50b.

RI Department of Labor and Training
Center General Complex
1511 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920

Phone: (401) 462-8580
Fax (401) 462-8528
TTY via RI Relay: 711
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  DLT is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services available upon request