Oklahoma Apprenticeship Training: What you need to know

An apprenticeship is an on-the-job training program that combines classroom instruction or education with work performance under the close supervision of a skilled and experienced journeyworker in a craft, trade, or profession. Oklahoma does not have its own state apprenticeship law; therefore, the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Apprenticeship (OA) governs apprenticeship in the state, providing employers with technical assistance and information, issuing standards, and monitoring apprenticeship programs. There is comprehensive information on the federal apprenticeship law, including requirements for apprenticeship agreements.
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Employers are prohibited from discriminating against an individual in admission to, or employment in, an apprenticeship or other training program on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, or disability unless a bona fide occupational qualification applies (OK Stat. Tit. 25 Sec. 1305).
Apprentices may be paid at a rate below the state minimum wage, but employers must get special certificates from the state commissioner of labor. The special rates are subject to time, number, proportion, and length of service limitations determined by the commissioner (OK Stat. Tit. 40 Sec. 197.11).
Oklahoma has a state Youth Apprenticeship Program designed to help secondary students make a smooth transition from high school to the workplace. Apprenticeship programs are administered and supervised by the State Board of Career and Technology Education (OK Stat. Tit. 70 Sec. 14-127).

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