What is Apprenticeship?
Registered Apprenticeship (RA) is a tried-and-true approach for preparing workers for jobs – and meeting business needs for a highly-skilled workforce. Although apprenticeship dates back to ancient times, in the 21st century it is increasing valued as an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, mentorship, and a portable credential. Although RA’s historical foundation lies in the building and construction trades, apprenticeship today can be found in almost every industry and spans more than 1,000 occupations including careers in health care, cybersecurity, information technology, and energy.
RA are apprenticeship programs that have been certified (“registered”) by an applicable government agency as meeting specified standards. In 25 states, the registering agency is the federal Office of Apprenticeship (OA) at the United States Department of Labor (DOL). In the remaining 25 states, and the District of Columbia, OA delegates administrative duties to select state agencies, referred to as State Apprenticeship Agencies (SAAs). Ongoing oversight after registration occurs through the applicable state or federal agency. When an apprenticeship becomes registered with DOL or one of its SAAs, it not only helps to standardize the program, but in addition earns national recognition.