Department of Labor Apprenticeship Programs

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  • Business Involvement

    Employers are the foundation of åevery apprenticeship program and the skills needed by their workforce are at the core. Businesses must play an active role in building the program and be involved in every step in designing the apprenticeship. Your company has taken this step and has designed a program to create a career pathway for you, to provide you with the specific skills you need to be successful in your position.


  • On-the-Job Training

    Every program includes structured on-the-job training. Apprentices get hands-on training from an experienced mentor at the job site for the duration of the program. On-the-job training is developed through mapping the skills and knowledge that the apprentice must learn over the course of the program in order to be fully proficient at the job.

  • Related Training and Instruction

    Apprentices receive related training and instruction that complements on-the-job learning. This instruction delivers the technical, workforce, and academic competencies that apply to the job. For your program, training is provided online by Tooling U-SME. Your apprenticeship program will be broken into six month semesters with specific classes assigned each semester. You can work through the classes at your own pace each semester.

  • Rewards for Skill Gains

    Apprentices receive increases in pay as their skills and knowledge increase. Your company has established an entry wage and an ending wage, and built in progressive wage increases through the apprenticeship as skill benchmarks are attained.

  • National Occupational Credential

    Every graduate of a Registered Apprenticeship program receives a nationally-recognized credential. Apprenticeship programs are designed to ensure that apprentices master every skill and have all the knowledge needed to be fully proficient for  specific occupation. Your apprenticeship program is customized for your company so you learn the essentials of an occupation and to also ensure you learn all of the specific needs for your industry and company.