Registered Apprenticeship programs train more workers for high-skilled, high-wage careers than any other public workforce investment program in the nation, at a fraction of the cost.
Registered Apprenticeship allows employers to immediately hire apprentices at a lower wage than a fully trained and experienced worker, in return for providing a well defined (often multi-year) training program. Customized to the employer’s needs, Registered Apprenticeship programs raise the apprentice’s skill level and wages, leading to clear long term benefits to both parties.
Registered Apprenticeship is distinctly different from other public workforce investment system programs because it is not a social program. It is driven and primarily funded by industry and is considered the gold standard of public training programs. The majority of funds for Registered Apprenticeship are leveraged from the private sector. Employers and sponsors pay for on-the-job learning and frequently pay for tuition, tools and equipment that apprentices need during the program.
Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Performance Measures and Registered Apprenticeship
Registered Apprenticeship is a highly versatile training strategy that aligns with and advances the goals of key workforce investment system initiatives. Please see the Training and Employment Guidance Letter: Leveraging RA as a Workforce Development Strategy for the Workforce Investment System above for more information.
The federal allocation to Registered Apprenticeship of $23 million leverages approximately $2 billion in private sector investment--no other public workforce program has this type of private leverage. It is a proven strategy to develop skilled workers and help the economy grow.