What is Registered Apprenticeship?
Registered Apprenticeship is an employment and training program where you earn wages while you learn a skilled profession in a specific field, such as construction, health care or culinary arts. Registered Apprenticeship combines classroom studies with on-the-job training supervised by a skilled employee. Much like a college education, it takes several years to become fully trained in the occupation you choose. Unlike college, as an apprentice you’ll earn a paycheck and gain valuable work experience while you learn. At first, you’ll make less money than skilled workers, but as you progress, you’ll get regular wage increases. Once you have mastered the craft, you will receive the same wages as a skilled employee.
Registered Apprenticeship requires an employer/employee relationship. The sponsor must have a position opening, and individual sponsors select the apprentices.
Minimum age requirements differ by industry, although the typiclal minmum age is 18 years. Apprentices must complete one to six years of paid, supervised, work-based training and technical instruction that allows them to learn and perform at the highest skill levels in their professions.
Why Choose Registered Apprenticeship?
Registered Apprenticeship means real skills and real careers. Today’s carpenters, electricians, plumbers and advanced manufacturing workers were yesterday’s apprentices. Tomorrow’s computer programmers, educational assistants, and healthcare providers may be Registered Apprenticeship graduates as well. You can find Registered Apprenticeship opportunities in advanced manufacturing, construction, energy, health care, utilities and many other occupations. Did you know there are nearly 1,000 apprenticeable occupations and new occupations are being added all the time? Whatever your field of interest, you will be taught by experienced professionals.
Registered Apprenticeships lead to higher wages. Skilled workers earn more than unskilled workers. Registered Apprenticeship graduates usually advance more rapidly than other workers, and can move into supervisory positions within just a few years. When you complete your training, you’ll receive a Completion of Apprenticeship certificate, valid anywhere in the U.S. It demonstrates you have the knowledge and skills needed for successful performance as a professional in that occupation. Many apprentices obtain credit from participating community and technical colleges toward an Associate Degree.
Registered Apprenticeship programs must provide equal employment opportunity to all who are interested.
How Do I Find a Registered Apprenticeship Opportunity?
Registered Apprenticeship is distinctly different from other public workforce investment system programs because it is not a social program. Registered Apprenticeship is driven, developed, operated and primarily funded by business and industry. With KANSASWORKS.com, job seekers can identify Registered Apprenticeship opportunities and search for open positions by doing a key word search for "Apprenticeship". These positions will be “flagged” and highlighted with a RED 'RA' to be easily identified. With KANSASWORKS.com, you're one step closer to finding a job that works for you. It is up to you, the job seeker, to find your own job.
Where Do I Start to Become an Apprentice?Identify the trade/occupation you want to learn.
Identify an employer in the occupation with a Registered Apprenticeship program.
Identify an employer who might be interested in establishing a program.
Contact the employer and encourage them to visit this website for more information.