An apprenticeship program combines classroom instruction or education with on-the-job training under the close supervision of a skilled and experienced journeyworker in a craft, trade, or profession. Hawaii's voluntary apprenticeship program is governed by the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. The Department approves or rejects applications from employers or employer organizations, and appoints an advisory Apprenticeship Council, which is composed of representatives from employer and employee organizations and the general public, and local joint apprenticeship committees, made up of equal numbers of employers and employee representatives.
The Apprenticeship Council establishes and enforces standards for apprenticeship programs for wages, maximum hours, working conditions, equal opportunities, and selection (HI Rev. Stat. Sec. 372-1 et seq.).