Ohio Apprenticeship Training: What you need to know

An apprenticeship is a program that combines classroom instruction with closely supervised on-the-job training in a craft, trade, or profession. Ohio's voluntary apprenticeship program is governed by the Ohio Apprenticeship Council, which consists of employers, employees, and members of the public. The Council registers apprenticeship programs, monitors programs for compliance with state standards, and maintains records.
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Apprentices participating in a registered program must comply with the program's standards and rules (OH Rev. Code Sec. 4139.01 et seq.).
Requirements for apprenticeship programs in Ohio are detailed in state regulations (OH Admin. Code Sec. 5101:11-1-01 et seq.) and include the following:
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 (or with the representative of any bona fide organization of apprentices) and file it with the Bureau of Employment Services.
Standards. An apprenticeship agreement must provide for at least 2,000 hours of reasonably continuous employment, including at least 144 hours per year of instruction (which may be through trade, industrial, or self-study courses). The required terms of the agreement include:
• Names and signatures of the contracting parties (the apprentice and the program sponsor) and the signature of a parent or guardian if the apprentice is a minor;
• A statement of the occupation or craft in which the apprentice is to be trained and the beginning date and term (duration) of apprenticeship;
• A graduated scale of wages to be paid to the apprentice and whether the required time in related instruction must be ...

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