Apprenticeship programs are employer-driven models that combine on-the-job learning with related classroom instruction that increases an apprentice's skill level and wages.
For many occupations, there are model programs and instruction curricula, however, program sponsors have wide freedom to design their program to teach the occupational competencies necessary to their company. Your Apprenticeship Training Representative can provide technical assistance on program design.
DLT can also help connect you with workforce development supports. Contact the Apprenticeship Liaison via email RA.firstname.lastname@example.org or call (401) 462-7839 for questions and assistance with sponsoring an apprenticeship program.
EMPLOYER DESIGNED AND DRIVEN
Apprenticeship starts with one or more employers with a need for a workforce with specialized skills. Apprenticeship programs are customized to each employer’s workplace expectations.
STRUCTURED ON-THE-JOB LEARNING
Apprentices work on increasingly complex work tasks under the supervision and guidance of a mentor. Apprenticeships can be from 1 to 5 years long and are structured with milestones for apprentices to demonstrate mastery.
Every apprenticeship offers at least 144 hours of education per year designed to provide foundational knowledge and reinforce skills learned on the job. Instruction is provided by a college, in-house trainer, or training vendor.
Wages progress from a training wage to full occupational wage in steps as the Apprentice gains skills.
A Certificate of Apprenticeship Completion is a nationally recognized credential. Increasingly apprenticeships also include industry certifications and college credit toward a degree.
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