Registered Apprenticeship (RA) is an industry-driven model that combines on-the-job learning with job-related instruction. Apprenticeship is a flexible training strategy that can be customized to meet the needs of any business. There are currently more than 1,000 occupations – including careers in health care, information technology, transportation, and energy – in which apprenticeship is used to meet business needs for qualified workers.
RA is an employer-driven training model that combines on-the-job training with job-related instruction. This “earn and learn” approach helps workers start new careers and helps businesses recruit and retain a highly-skilled workforce.
Businesses can hire new workers or select current employees to join apprenticeship programs. Federal funding through WSC advances the use of apprenticeship as an effective work-based learning approach that builds worker skills and establishes pathways to higher levels of employment and wages. WSC funds can be used in a variety of ways to help job seekers and workers prepare for, enter, and complete apprenticeship programs.
The term Registered Apprenticeship reflects the fact that a business has chosen to register its program with the U.S. Department of Labor or a State Apprenticeship Agency. Registering an apprenticeship program provides a number of benefits, such as a national credential for apprentices and potential state tax credits for businesses.
WSC can support the on-the-job training component of apprenticeship programs. The funds can also pay for the cost of related classroom instruction for the apprentice, including tuition, books, supplies, fees, uniforms, tools and other required items. Customized training and incumbent worker training are other ways that WSC funds can support businesses that sponsor apprenticeship programs.
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