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Kentucky 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 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.
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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.
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An apprentice must be at least 16 years old and have entered into an agreement with a sponsor or employer that provides supervised employment and related supplementary instruction. The program must conform to the applicable provisions of Kentucky law and the training must be in an apprenticeable occupation. Every apprenticeship or on-the-job training agreement must be signed by the employer or sponsor and by the ...

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