New York Apprenticeship Training laws & HR compliance analysis

New York Apprenticeship Training: What you need to know

An apprenticeship is an on-the-job training program that combines classroom instruction with work performance under the close supervision of a skilled and experienced journeyworker in a craft, trade, or profession. New York's voluntary apprenticeship program is governed by the state Department of Labor, which establishes and enforces uniform minimum apprenticeship standards and policies, approves apprenticeship agreements, monitors programs, and generally works to assist employers.
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An apprenticeship generally lasts between 1 and 6 years, depending on the occupation. An apprenticeable occupation is:
• A skilled trade that is normally learned through on-the-job training
• Commonly recognized throughout an industry
• Involves mechanical or technical skills and knowledge and related instruction to supplement the on-the-job training
• Involves the development of a skill sufficiently broad to be applicable in similar occupations in an industry and not just in one company
Age. An apprentice must be at least 16 years old.
Agreements. Each apprenticeship is built around a written agreement between sponsor (an employer, association of employers, or a local joint apprenticeship committee) and apprentice, containing the rules, conditions, and training standards of the work relationship. Standards suggested by New York law state that the agreement should include:
• The trade or craft to be taught and the duration of the apprenticeship, which must not be less than 4,000 hours of reasonably continuous employment.
• A breakdown of on-the-job training time and classroom time and at least 144 hours of supplemental instruction.
• The processes to be taught and the amount ...

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