About Registered Apprenticeships
Registered Apprenticeship is a proven system for training
employees in a variety of occupations that require a wide
range of skills and knowledge. It is an ideal way for
employers to build and maintain a skilled workforce.
Registered Apprenticeship combines supervised on-the-job
training with technical classroom studies in subjects
related to the apprentice's chosen occupation.
Apprenticeship, by virtue of its success in preparing
skilled workers, helps America compete more effectively in
the global economy, and contributes to America's economic
development, sustained economic growth, and national
The National Apprenticeship Act of 1937 authorizes the
federal government in cooperation with the states, to
oversee the nation's apprenticeship system. The U.S.
Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship in
conjunction with state apprenticeship agencies, is
responsible for registering apprenticeship programs that
meet federal and state standards (if applicable). It issues
Certificates of Completion to apprentices, encourages the
development of new programs through marketing and technical
assistance, protects the safety of and welfare of
apprentices and assures that all programs provide high
quality training to their apprentices.
Apprenticeship programs are operated by both the public and
private sectors. Apprenticeship programs who are registered
with the office of apprenticeship are called sponsors. A
sponsor of a registered apprenticeship program may be
employers, employer associations, and labor-management
organizations. Recently Community Colleges, Workforce
Development Centers, Faith, and Community Based
Organizations have collaborated with business and industry
to develop registered apprenticeship programs through
sponsoring employer-participation agreements. The sponsor of
an apprenticeship program plans, administers and usually
pays for the program.
Regions that adopt robust Registered Apprenticeship programs
in the context of economic development strategies, create
seamless pipelines of skilled workers and flexible career
pathways to meet current and future workforce demands.
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