An apprenticeship is a program that combines classroom instruction with on-the-job training under the close supervision of a journeyworker who has mastered the skills of a craft, trade, or profession.
Oregon's voluntary apprenticeship program is governed by the state Apprenticeship and Training Council made up of representatives from employee and employer organizations. The Council establishes and enforces standards for apprenticeship programs, approves agreements that meet the standards, and invalidates apprenticeship agreements that do not (OR Rev. Stat. Sec. 660.120).
The Council may also appoint local apprenticeship committees to serve the needs of the various apprenticeable occupations. The local committees, also made up of employee and employer representatives, are responsible for the recruiting, selection, and approval of apprentices and for the day-to-day decisions, recordkeeping, and general administration of programs within its work area (OR Rev. Stat. Sec. 660.002 et seq.).
In Oregon, an apprentice must be at least 16 years old and employed in an apprenticeable occupation under a recognized apprenticeship agreement (OR Rev. Stat. Sec. 660.010). Each apprenticeship is built around an agreement between sponsor and apprentice, containing the rules, conditions, and training standards of the work relationship (OR Rev. Stat. Sec. 660.020).
Agreements. Apprenticeship agreements must contain terms and standards specified by law (OR Rev. Stat. Sec. 660.060). The terms and standards include the following:
• The name and birth date of the apprentice and the name of a parent or guardian if the apprentice is a minor;
• The period of apprenticeship and the occupation to be learned;