Registered apprenticeships are high-quality work-based learning and post-secondary earn-and- learn models that meet national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor (or federally recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies).
5 Core Components of Registered Apprenticeship
- 1. Employer Involvement - Employers are the foundation of every Registered Apprenticeship program.
- 2. Structured On-the-Job Learning - Apprentices receive on-the-job training from an experienced mentor for typically not less than one year.
- 3. Related Instruction - Apprentices combine on-the-job learning with technical education at community colleges, technical schools, apprenticeship training schools, provided on-line or at the job site
- 4. Rewards for Skill Gains - Apprentices receive increases in wages as they gain higher level skills.
- 5. National Occupational Credential - Registered Apprenticeship programs result in a nationally-recognized credential - a 100% guarantee to employers that apprentices are fully qualified for the job
As defined by the U.S. Department of Labor, “Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation. Apprenticeship programs can be sponsored by individual employers, joint employer and labor groups, and/or employer associations.”
Apprentices receive pay while in their apprenticeship program, which increases as they progress. Learning objectives or competencies are set by the employer or sponsoring organization.
As the State Apprenticeship Agency serving as the recognized entity and point of contact with the U.S. Department of Labor, the Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation for the New Nevada (OWINN) has oversight over registered apprenticeship programs and the State Apprenticeship Council. OWINN also works with potential sponsors to develop programs going before the State Apprenticeship Council for final approval.
Benefits of Registered Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships are happening in many industries in Nevada, the U.S. and around the world. There are over 1,000 apprenticeable occupations.
- Tourism and Gaming
- Manufacturing & Aerospace
- Financial Services
- Natural Resources (Energy)
- Health Care