New Jersey Apprenticeship Training: What you need to know

An apprenticeship is a program that combines classroom instruction or education with on-the-job training in a skilled trade or occupation.
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In New Jersey, the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship (OA) and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development work together to administer the New Jersey Apprenticeship Program. New Jersey's vocational-technical schools and institutes are also partners in New Jersey's apprenticeship system.
Local and state joint apprenticeship committees in cities, regions, or trade areas, composed of employer and employee representatives, may be approved by the Department of Labor and also may devise standards for apprenticeship agreements (NJ Rev. Stat. Sec. 34:1A-36 et seq.).
In New Jersey, an apprenticeable occupation is a skilled trade or occupation that possesses all of the following characteristics:
• Clearly identified and commonly recognized throughout an industry
• Customarily learned in a practical way through a structured, systematic program of on-the-job supervised training
• Involves manual, mechanical, or technical skills and knowledge that require a minimum of 2,000 hours of on-the-job work experience or more for complex occupations
• Requires related classroom instruction to supplement on-the-job training
Age. An apprentice must be at least 16 years old.
Agreement. Each employer conducting an apprenticeship program must sign an “apprenticeship agreement” with each apprentice and file it with the Department. If an apprentice is not yet 18 years old, the apprentice's parent or guardian must sign.
Standards. An apprenticeship agreement must identify the length of the program and may range ...

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