Registered Apprenticeship connects job seekers looking to acquire new skills with employers willing to develop qualified workers. Employers, employer associations or joint labor-management organizations (known collectively as Registered Apprenticeship sponsors) provide apprentices with paid on-the-job learning that reflects industry standards. Apprentices also receive related technical instruction through multiple approaches, including educational facilities, online instruction, vendor-delivered instruction or apprenticeship training centers that equip them with the portable skill sets needed to advance in their chosen field. The result is workers with industry-driven training and employers with a competitive edge.
Employers who have a Registered Apprenticeship program may choose to partner with a local high school(s) that offers a corresponding Career and Technical Education program. A formal agreement would be prepared between the Registered Apprenticeship sponsor, the high school, the student apprentice and parent(s) and/or guardian(s). If a School-to-Registered-Apprenticeship program is approved, the accepted high school student(s) will participate in the Registered Apprenticeship program while completing high school graduation requirements. Students would be employed part-time while completing high school requirements. Employment would continue following high school graduation assuming the apprentice maintains adequate progress in the program. Wages would continue on a graduated scale leading to journeyworker status.