Pennsylvania Apprenticeship Training: What you need to know

An apprenticeship program combines classroom instruction or education with on-the-job training under the close supervision of a qualified journeyperson in the craft, trade, or profession. Pennsylvania's Apprenticeship and Training Act establishes a voluntary apprenticeship program, governed by the state Apprenticeship and Training Council (part of the Department of Labor and Industry). The Council establishes and enforces uniform minimum apprenticeship standards and policies, approves apprenticeship agreements, and supervises programs. The Council may also establish local apprenticeship committees whenever required by the apprentice training needs of a trade or group of trades. An apprentice must be at least 16 years old and have entered into an agreement with a sponsor or employer who provides supervised employment and related supplementary instruction (PA Stat. Tit. 43 Sec. 90.1 et seq.; PA Admin. Code Tit. 34 Sec. 81.1 et seq.).
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An apprenticeship program is a written plan containing terms and conditions for the qualification, recruitment, selection, employment, and training of apprentices, including the requirement for a written apprenticeship agreement. The program must conform to the applicable provisions of Pennsylvania law, and the training must be in an apprenticeable occupation.
A comprehensive discussion of federal apprenticeship programs is available.
An “apprenticeable occupation” is a skilled trade that possesses all of the following characteristics:
• It is customarily learned in a practical way through a structured, systematic program of on-the-job supervised training.
• It is clearly defined and commonly recognized throughout an industry.
• It ...

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