An apprenticeship program combines classroom instruction or education with on-the-job training under the close supervision of a qualified journeyperson in the craft, trade, or profession. Registered apprenticeship programs are operated by private and public sector employers, employer associations, or joint labor/management sponsors.
Kentucky's apprenticeship program is administered by the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, Division of Employment Standards, Apprenticeship and Mediation. The Division is composed of representatives from employee and employer organizations. It is responsible for registering apprenticeship programs, promoting the development of new programs, and monitoring programs. Apprenticeship coordinators are available to assist employers in establishing registered apprenticeship training programs.
Employers or groups of employers and unions design, organize, manage, and finance registered apprenticeship programs under a set of apprenticeship standards that include an on-the-job training outline, related classroom instruction curriculum, and the apprenticeship operating procedures. These programs are then registered with the federal Office of Apprenticeship (OA) and the Kentucky Labor Cabinet.
There is a comprehensive discussion of the federal apprenticeship program.