Utah 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 qualified working teacher in a craft, trade, or profession. Utah has its own state apprenticeship program, but it is administered through the federal Office of Apprenticeship (OA).
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An “apprentice” is defined as a person at least 16 years of age who has entered into a written agreement approved by OA with an employer or the employer's agent, an association of employers, an organization of employees, or a joint committee representing employers and employees; or an apprenticeship that meets OA standards (the federal agency designated by the U.S. Department of Labor to oversee apprenticeship programs). Each apprenticeship is built around an agreement between employer and apprentice, containing the rules, conditions, and training standards of the work relationship.
Agreements. Apprenticeship agreements must include the following provisions (UT Code Sec. 35A-6-103 et seq.):
• The names of the contracting parties and the apprentice's date of birth
• The trade, craft, or business to be taught, and the commencement date of the training
• A breakdown of on-the-job training and classroom time, which must include at least 144 hours per year of supplemental classroom instruction
• A schedule of work processes to be taught and the amount of time spent on each
• A graduated scale of wages to be paid
• A probationary period during which either party may terminate the agreement, after which time it can only be terminated with the approval of a joint apprenticeship committee
• A statement that if an employer is unable to fulfill the employer's ...

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