Connecticut Apprenticeship Training: What you need to know

An apprenticeship program combines classroom instruction or education with on-the-job training under the close supervision of a skilled and experienced journeyworker in a craft, trade, or profession. Apprenticeship programs are sponsored by employers, labor groups, and employer associations. Apprenticeship programs in the Connecticut are administered by the Department of Labor through regional apprenticeship representatives.
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At least 2,000 hours of training are required for bona fide apprenticeships, but many trades require more than that minimum (CT Admin. Code Sec. 31-51d-1 et seq.). Programs are typically 2 to 4 years in duration. Apprentices often start their training with a wage that is 50 percent of that paid to a journeyworker; the wage then progressively increases with each 1,000 hours or six months of training completed. There is a schedule of job skills to be learned during specific periods of the training. Apprenticeship agreements must contain certain standards required under state law, including:
• Statement of the trade or craft in which the apprentice is to be trained
• Statement showing the number of hours to be spent on the job and in related instruction
• Schedule of work processes in which the apprentice is to be trained and approximate time to be spent on each process
From the employer's point of view, an apprentice is as much a student as a worker. Although the employer obtains labor from an apprentice, the employer must also devote considerable effort, at substantial cost, to the apprentice's training. In recognition of these special circumstances, the federal government accords a special status to apprentices under its wage and hour laws. Employers are ...

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