An apprenticeship program combines classroom instruction or education with on-the-job training under the close supervision of a qualified journeyperson in a craft, trade, or profession.
Apprenticeship programs in Arkansas are administered by the Arkansas Department of Career Education, which establishes and enforces uniform minimum apprenticeship standards and policies; approves apprenticeship agreements; and registers, monitors, and supervises programs. The Department of Career Education collaborates with the federal Office of Apprenticeship (OA) on many aspects of apprenticeship.
The industries and occupations selected for the program must offer entry-level jobs with good opportunities for career advancement into high-skill, high-wage jobs.
In order to receive allocation of state funds, an apprenticeship program must be cosponsored by an apprenticeship sponsor (i.e., an employer) that has a contract with a public school district, educational cooperative, state postsecondary institution, vocational-technical school, or 2-year community college. A program must be registered with the federal OA and the Arkansas Department of Career Education (AR Code Sec. 6-52-201; Sec. 6-50-503; Sec. 26-51-509).
Apprenticeable occupation. An apprenticeable occupation is:
• A skilled trade that is normally learned through on-the-job training
• Commonly recognized throughout an industry
• Involves mechanical or technical skills and knowledge and related instruction to supplement the on-the-job training
Apprenticeship sponsor. A sponsor is an employer, person, association, committee, or organization operating an apprentice program. Each program sponsor must establish standards and goals and rules, plan and organize instructional ...