An apprenticeship is an on-the-job training program that combines classroom instruction or education with work performance under the close supervision of a skilled and experienced journeyworker in a craft, trade, or profession. The state's voluntary apprenticeship program is governed by the Kansas Apprenticeship Council (KAC).
KAC helps employers develop apprenticeship programs, recommends standards for wages, hours, and conditions of employment, and approves and enforces the standards. It also receives and disburses federal funds. To the extent an apprenticeship issue is not governed by Kansas law, it is bound by the standards set forth by the federal Office of Apprenticeship (OA) (KS Stat. Sec. 44-661; 29 CFR 29.5).
The registered apprentice is required to attend related instruction each year of their apprenticeship. The instruction is arranged by the program sponsor along with technical assistance from KAC staff. Generally, the employer bears the cost of related instruction. The cost is offset by the apprentices being paid less than the skilled journeyworkers. Apprentices generally begin their training earning approximately 40 percent to 50 percent of the journeyworker rate. Typically, wages increase progressively with satisfactory completion of work assignments and related instruction.