Apprenticeship Training: What you need to know

An "apprenticeship" is a system of employee training that combines on-the-job training with related educational instruction. Traditionally, apprenticeships have been in a trade or craft, but today apprenticeship programs have a much wider reach and exist in engineering, law enforcement, health care, energy, computer software design, and many other trades and professions.
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Apprenticeships are an extremely effective and efficient way for employers to hire highly qualified employees. By the time an apprenticed worker is fully trained, the person has conformed to specified professional standards, is generally more productive than the average worker, is more committed to the profession and the employer that has provided the training, and has high job satisfaction. Also, employers that use apprenticeship training may receive aid from their state apprenticeship council or from the federal Office of Apprenticeship (OA).
The first step in setting up an apprenticeship program is to decide whether the occupation in question is suitable for apprenticeship training. OA provides apprenticeship services in all states. Employers can contact a local OA office to help identify work processes for the occupation, develop standards of apprenticeship for registration, and recruit applicants from within or outside the workplace.
Employers or groups of employers often go into partnership with a union to outline a program and arrange financing. Programs typically include an on-the-job training outline, related classroom instruction, curriculum, and the apprenticeship operating procedures. These programs are then registered with OA or an OA-recognized State ...

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