West Virginia 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 skilled and experienced journeyworker in a craft, trade, or profession. West Virginia does not have its own state apprenticeship law; therefore, the federal Office of Apprenticeship (OA) governs apprenticeship in the state, providing employers with technical assistance and information; issuing standards; and monitoring, registering, and canceling apprenticeship programs. There is additional and comprehensive information on the federal apprenticeship law (including what must be contained in an apprenticeship agreement) and OA.
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Employers or associations of employers register their apprenticeship programs with OA. Applicants to apprenticeship programs must be at least 16 (or older if the particular program requires it) and meet that program's qualifications.
It is unlawful, unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or applicable security regulation, for any employer to discriminate against an apprentice or applicant because of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, blindness, or disability (WV Code Sec. 5-11-9). Individuals with disabilities must be able and competent to perform the services required by the job in question. Under the law, it is unlawful for an employer to:
• Select individuals for a state-registered apprentice training program on any basis other than their qualifications as determined by objective criteria that permit review.
• Discriminate against any individual with respect to his or her right to be admitted to or participate in a guidance program, apprenticeship training program, ...

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