A registered apprenticeship consists of two complementary components:
- Supervised on-the-job training provided by an employer at the workplace and customized to meet job-specific needs.
- Related technical instruction (or “RTI”). This instruction serves to reinforce the theory underlying the skills being learned on-the-job.
Length of training
Programs can range in length from one to six years as determined by the length of training that is common in the given occupation and the individual employer’s needs.
What you’ll learn
Specific training content is determined by employers within recommended guidelines, and an employer has the discretion to award advanced standing to apprentices who enter a program with demonstrated skills.
Earn while you learn
Registered apprenticeship programs also include a “scalable” wage component that rewards participants for mastering new competencies. This provides incentive for the employee to complete the program. It also provides a cost offset for an employer investing in employees who will not immediately be performing at full productivity, as well as a retention tool for employers who are investing in their employee training. While this wage and its progressive increments are determined by the employer and not a state or federal agency, an apprentice cannot start at less than the federal or state minimum wage.