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Direct Entry

Direct Entry may be used by sponsors of Registered Apprenticeship programs as another way to bring apprentices into their programs. It is a tool to help sponsors reach underrepresented populations and to meet their EEO goals. Direct Entry provides individuals who successfully complete an apprenticeship preparation program, and who meet the minimum requirements for a NYS Registered Apprenticeship program, with the direct opportunity for an interview with the sponsor of a program.

National Direct Entry programs like Helmets to Hardhats and Job Corps are recognized by USDOL and do not require NYSDOL’s approval. State and local Direct Entry Programs must be approved by NYSDOL.

Below is a link to the list of approved Direct Entry Programs. If you have questions regarding this list or if you operate an apprenticeship preparation program and wish to apply for Direct Entry status, please contact Leif Sagaas, Occupational Analyst for NYSDOL’s Apprenticeship Training Office, at [email protected]. Note, suggested standards for Direct Entry approval can be found in the May 2015 Apprenticeship newsletter found at the following link:

Sponsors wishing to use an approved Direct Entry Program must identify it in their Affirmative Action Plan (AT603 form) and should work with their Apprentice Training Representative to obtain approval.

See the list of Direct Entry Providers.

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