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?
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.