Washington Apprenticeship Training: What you need to know

An apprenticeship is a voluntary, on-the-job training program that combines classroom instruction or education with work performance under the close supervision of a journeyperson skilled in a craft, trade, or profession.
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Washington state regulates apprenticeship programs through an Apprenticeship and Training Council chosen by the Department of Labor and Industries. The Apprenticeship Council approves apprenticeship programs and establishes program standards (WA Rev. Code Sec. 49.04.010et seq.).
An employer can offer apprenticeships either as a training agent or as a sponsor. A training agent enters into a partnership with an existing, registered apprenticeship program that is already training apprentices in the employer's trade or business. The apprentices works for the employer, but the training is provided through the existing apprenticeship program.
A sponsor creates an apprenticeship program and registers the program with the state.
By Washington definition, an apprentice must be at least 16 years old and have entered into an agreement with a sponsor (an employer, association of employers, or a local joint apprenticeship committee). The employer/sponsor provides supervised employment and related supplementary instruction. The program must conform to the applicable provisions of Washington law, and the training must be in an apprenticeable occupation.
An apprenticeship agreement is a written agreement between an employer and an apprentice, or between an employer or association of employers and an organization of employees, embodying the terms and conditions of employment. A person must be at least 16 years old to enter into an apprenticeship agreement ...

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