North Carolina Apprenticeship Training: What you need to know

An apprenticeship is a structured training program that combines classroom instruction with on-the-job training under the close supervision of a skilled and experienced journeyworker in a craft, trade, or profession. North Carolina's voluntary apprenticeship program is administered by the state Apprenticeship and Training Bureau. The state Apprentice Council establishes standards for apprenticeship programs (NC Gen. Stat. Sec. 94-1 et seq.).
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Individual employers, employer associations, or joint labor/management sponsors operate registered apprenticeship programs. Program sponsors pay most of the training costs while also paying progressively increasing wages to apprentices as they gain skills. Registered apprenticeship programs can be competency-based, time-based, or a hybrid of the two, depending on program sponsor needs.
An apprenticeship program must conform to the following minimum requirements in order to be registered:
• The sponsor must operate and administer the apprenticeship program in accordance with the program standards of apprenticeship, and with all applicable state and federal statutes and regulations including, but not limited to, the provisions of occupational safety and health standards and regulations.
• The apprentice must meet the minimum qualifications for an apprentice (i.e., must be at least 16 years old, must be unqualified in the trade or occupation offered in the apprenticeship program, and must have graduated from high school or passed an equivalency examination).
• The apprenticeship program must be in an apprenticeable occupation.
• The apprenticeship program must be described in a written document, signed ...

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