Q: What are Registered Apprenticeships?
A: Registered Apprenticeships are innovative work-based learning and post-secondary earn-and- learn models that meet national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor (or federally recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies.
Q: Is a Registered Apprenticeship a Job?
A: Yes, Apprentices start working from day one with incremental wage increases as they become more proficient. The minimum starting wage for an apprentice is set by the IAAC Consortium, but is around $9 to $12 per hour in the first year.
Q: How is Registered Apprenticeship different from other types of work-based training?
A: Registered Apprenticeship training is distinguished from other types of workplace training by several factors: (1) participants who are newly hired (or already employed) earn wages from employers during training; (2) programs must meet national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor (or federally-recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies; (3) programs provide on-the-job learning and job-related technical instruction; (4) on-the-job learning is conducted in the work setting under the direction of one or more of the employer’s personnel; and 5) training results in an industry-recognized credential.
Q: How much money can an apprentice earn?
A: Apprentices earn competitive wages, a paycheck from day one and incremental raises as skill levels increase. The average wage for a fully proficient worker who completed an apprenticeship translates to approximately $50,000 annually. Apprentices who complete their program earn approximately $300,000 more over their career than non-apprenticeship participants1.
Q: Are all Registered Apprenticeships union-based?
A: No. Registered Apprenticeship is used widely across all industries and includes union and non-union programs. Registered apprenticeship sponsors include unions, but also employers, community colleges and universities, workforce investment boards, industry associations, and the military.
Q: Do you earn college credit while participating in a Registered Apprenticeship program?
A: Yes, most Registered Apprenticeship opportunities include on-the-job training, and classroom instruction provided by technical schools, community colleges, and even distance learning. Often Registered Apprenticeship sponsors work directly with community colleges that ultimately provide college credit for apprentice.
Q: What do I receive upon completion of a Registered Apprenticeship program?
A: After completion of an apprenticeship program, the apprentice earns a nationally recognized credential from the Department of Labor that is portable and stackable. Apprentices in IAAC apprenticeships also earn Industry-recognized certificates and their Associate’s Degree. Additionally, an apprentice, along with earning a paycheck throughout the apprenticeship, is also elevated to post-apprentice status that leads to increased pay and upward career opportunities.
Q: How does a Registered Apprenticeship program benefit the sponsor (employer, Labor Management Organization, or Industry Association)?
A: First and foremost, Apprenticeship sponsors develop highly skilled employees. Once established, Apprenticeship programs also reduce turnover rates, increase productivity, lower the cost of recruitment, and increase safety in the workplace/job site2.
Q: How do I qualify for a Registered Apprenticeship program?
A: Contact either IAAC, ICATT or GPCICESS for all the details.
Q: What occupations can I train for through Registered Apprenticeship?
A: Right now, apprenticeships are available in Secure Software Developer (computer programmers), Industrial Maintenance Technician, CNC Machinist Professional. Other apprenticeships being developed include Mechatronics Technician and Tool & Die Maker.
Q: How long are Registered Apprenticeship programs?
A: The length of an apprenticeship program depends on the complexity of the occupation and the type of program (Time-based, Competency-based, or Hybrid). Apprenticeship programs range from one (1) year to six (6) years, but the majority of IAAC programs are three years in length. During the program, the apprentice receives both structured, on-the-job training (OJT) and job-related education. For each year of the apprenticeship, the apprentice will receive normally 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and a recommended minimum of 144 hours of related classroom instruction.
Q: Where can I find technical assistance resources to help me develop and registered my apprenticeship program with US DOL?
A: Contact IAAC, ICATT or GPCICESS for information, or DOL also maintains a number of web-based resources available at http://www.dol.gov/apprenticeship. Here you can find their newest technical assistance products including the Quick Start Toolkit, which provides helpful steps and resources to start and register an apprenticeship program as well as their Federal Resources Playbook, which provides information on using the other Federal funds and resources to support your registered apprenticeship program.
1 Mathematica Apprenticeship Earnings Study 2012
2 Washington State Workforce Board 2008 Evaluation of Apprenticeship