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Register an Apprenticeship Program

To register an apprenticeship program, you must first contact an apprentice training representative (ATR). Who contacts the ATR?

  • An employer
  • A group of employers
  • A Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC) (This is a joint venture of employers and unions.)

Contact Information

The ATR will:

  • Schedule a meeting to review the requirements of the program
  • Conduct an initial assessment of the position
  • Determine if the occupation qualifies for an apprentice program

There are many apprenticeable occupations in construction fields and outside construction. Apprenticeship also is expanding into:

  • High-performance manufacturing
  • New technology
  • Health-related occupations
  • Service occupations

List of apprenticeable occupations

Application Process

If the occupation meets the requirements, or is already classified as apprenticeable, the ATR will guide you through the application process. This will include:

  • Help to prepare forms
  • Help to develop the affirmative action/non-discrimination plan
  • Review of the minimum program standards or standards for joint apprenticeship programs
  • Obtaining collective bargaining agreements and side letters
  • State Education Department approval of related instruction (The ATR will coordinate with the local educational agency.)
  • Assurance that your organization has support in place for successful training, including
    • A facility inspection
    • Interviews with journey workers
    • Outside worksite inspections

What Does It Cost?

There is no cost for registration. There is also no cost for the technical assistance that our representatives provide. We offer technical assistance for:

  • Program design (Each occupational title has a standard training outline that we give you.)
  • Completing paperwork
  • Submitting the application
  • Recruiting workers
  • Ongoing operations

As a sponsor, you must also provide the apprentice's required classroom-related training. Staff from the Departments of Labor and Education will help with these arrangements. The employer usually bears the cost of this related instruction. However, the cost is offset by the starting wage of an apprentice, usually at a rate of about 40% of the skilled worker rate.

Registered Employers in the construction field who have been awarded Public Work contracts may pay apprentices the apprentice prevailing rate. This is another substantial cost savings.

Who Can I Choose as Apprentices?

You are in control of the apprentice selection process. Your apprentices are your employees, so you set the standard of minimum qualifications. You can choose to award credit for prior education and experience to potential candidates.

You can choose to train as many apprentices as your business will allow. However, you must continue to meet the ratio of skilled workers to apprentices*. This is to ensure the highest level of safety of the apprentices and quality of the training.

*View ratios for each apprenticeable occupation.

Labor Market Information- Use this link to develop an Affirmative Action Plan.

What will I, as the sponsor, be responsible for?

The sponsor is responsible for many aspects of the training program. These responsibilities include:

    • Program
      • Recruiting and selecting apprentices
      • Providing skilled Journey workers to train apprentices
      • Meeting or exceeding the area's apprentice-to-journeyworker ratio requirements for the trade
      • Evaluating prior trade experience of apprentices
      • Awarding appropriate credit toward program completion
      • Assuring that apprentices are properly trained and receive proper job rotation
      • Guaranteeing enough work to allow apprentices to complete their program
      • Instructing apprentices in safe and healthful work practices
      • Making related instruction available and accessible
      • Evaluating the progress of all apprentices at least every six months
      • Providing wage increases to apprentices in keeping with the agreed wage scale
      • Notifying the Department of Labor of any changes in your program or apprentices
    • Administrative
      • Maintaining records (Your ATR will tell you how.)
      • Submitting all
        • Program changes
        • Revisions
        • Report
        • Changes to the Department of Labor within 30 calendar days of the change
  • Ensuring apprentices are hired without any direct or indirect limitation, specification or discrimination as to:
    • Race
    • Color
    • Religion
    • National origin
    • Sex
    • Disability
    • Marital status
    • Age
    • Arrest record or
    • Veteran status
  • Complying with all applicable statutes
  • Posting a copy of the EEO complaint procedure
  • Ensuring that all apprentices are aware of EEO requirements
  • Assuring that the location of training complies with applicable safety and health standards

Get other details from your ATR.

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