An apprenticeship program provides specialized training for an occupation by combining classroom instruction with on-the-job training under the supervision of a journeyperson skilled in a trade, craft, or profession. Apprenticeship programs in Delaware are governed by the Delaware Department of Labor's Apprenticeship and Training Section, which provides information to sponsors and apprentices, establishes and enforces standards, approves or disapproves agreements, registers apprenticeship programs, terminates programs if they violate state or federal standards, and monitors programs. The Department also receives and disburses federal funds and generally works with the federal Office of Apprenticeship (OA) to assist employers.
Under state law, an apprentice must be at least 16 years of age and must enter into an agreement with an employer that will provide at least 2,000 hours of reasonably continuous employment and at least 144 hours of related supplementary instruction.
Apprenticeable occupations. An apprenticeable occupation is a skilled trade that possesses the following characteristics:
• It is typically learned through on-the-job, supervised training and requires supplementary classroom instruction.
• It is clearly identified and commonly recognized throughout the industry.
• It involves manual, mechanical, or technical skills and knowledge.
Agreement. Each apprenticeship agreement must be signed by the employer and the apprentice (or parent or legal guardian if a minor), program sponsor, and registration agency. An agreement must contain:
• The names and addresses of the parties and the apprentice's birth date
• A statement of the trade or craft to be taught
• The period of ...