What is an apprenticeship?
Modern apprenticeship is a workforce recruitment and development solution that offers employers a cost-effective way to attract, train, and retain middle-skill talent.
Apprenticeships are mostly known in the skilled trades. But, the modernization of apprenticeship systems is a way to help employers solve middle-skill workforce shortages. Middle-skill jobs, which require education beyond high school but not a four-year degree, make up the largest part of the labor market in the United States.
Middle-skill jobs account for 53 percent of the United States’ labor market, but only 43 percent of the country’s workers are trained to the middle-skill level. Modern Apprenticeships are a way to help fill that growing workforce gap.
How would an apprenticeship program benefit our company?
Registered Apprenticeship programs help businesses develop highly-skilled employees, reduce turnover rates, increase productivity and lower the cost of recruitment. Additional benefits include:
Can I Hire an Apprentice as a Contractor?
Apprentices can be hired as contractors, subject to the requirements of the Registered Apprenticeship Standard which you will adopt by signing the Employer Acceptance Agreement. Specifically:
How is apprenticeship different from other types of work-based training?
In most jobs people are hired for the skills they’ve already acquired, in apprenticeships they are hired for the skills they will acquire – at a reduced wage that will increase as they gain competency.
Apprentices take classes while they are working, combining technical knowledge with on the job learning. At the end of the apprenticeship, apprentices earn industry-recognized certifications and a nationally recognized credential from the U.S. Department of Labor.
How long are registered apprenticeship programs?
Typically 12 or 18 months.