What is an Apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a system for training a new generation of practitioners of a trade or profession with on-the-job training that often includes a study component. Apprenticeships can also enable practitioners to gain a license and nationally recognized credentials. It includes:
- Paid Job: Apprentices are paid employees who produce high-quality work while they learn skills that enhance their employers' needs.
- On-the-Job Learning: Develops skilled workers through structured learning in a work setting.
- Classroom Learning: Improves job-related skills through education in a classroom setting (virtual or in-person).
- Mentorship: Provides apprentices with the support of a skilled worker to assist and enhance critical hands-on learning.
- Credentials: Offers a portable, nationally recognized credential to be issued at the completion of the program.
What are the benefits of apprenticeship to employers?
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Employers are the foundation of apprenticeship programs, which are part of a larger strategy to help employers develop their talent pipeline. Research conducted by Case Western University revealed many benefits to participating employers: Apprenticeships help recruit and develop a highly skilled workforce; they improve productivity and the bottom-line; and they reduce turnover costs and increase employee retention. Apprenticeships are industry driven training solutions that meet the local employers' needs.
What is a Registered Apprenticeship Program?
A Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) is a proven model of apprenticeship that has been validated by the U.S. Department of Labor or a State Apprenticeship Agency.
RAPs enable and energize more employers to participate and provide them access to larger talent pools that have been trained for entry-level to management positions, thereby meeting industry demands and reducing unemployment rates across the country.