An apprenticeship program combines classroom instruction or education with on-the-job training under the close supervision of a skilled and experienced journeyperson in the craft, trade, or profession. The State Department of Labor administers Vermont's apprenticeship program.
The state Apprenticeship Council establishes and enforces minimum apprenticeship standards and policies, approves or disapproves apprenticeship agreements, and monitors apprenticeship programs.
The Vermont Department of Labor provides for related and supplementary instruction for apprentices employed under apprenticeship programs registered and approved by the council. The department may charge fees to the employers of Vermont apprentices to help offset the cost of apprenticeship-related instruction provided by the department. An employer may not charge any apprentice for any of the fees nor reduce an employee's compensation in order to recover these fees from any apprentice (VT Stat. Tit. 21 Sec. 1101 et seq.).
Additional information and a comprehensive discussion of the federal apprenticeship program are available.