Registered Apprenticeship is a structured training program combining paid on-the-job training with related technical instruction in a highly skilled occupation. It is used for both non-union and union career opportunities.


The benefits for employers to sponsor a Registered Apprenticeship program:

  • Skilled workers are trained to industry/employer specifications to produce quality results
  • Increases employee retention, reduces turnover
  • Cultivates loyal, motivated, and knowledgeable employees
  • Reduces workers' compensation costs by emphasizing safety training

An employer interested in learning more about apprenticeships in North Dakota can visit for information.

The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship has over 1,000 officially recognized apprenticeable occupations in a wide range of industries that can be sponsored through apprenticeship training. You can contact Barry Dutton, North Dakota State Director for the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship, by phone at (701) 250-4700 or e-mail at See their website at

If the occupation for which an employer wants a Registered Apprenticeship is not listed on the list of officially recognized occupations, the State Director will assist in developing a curriculum for the occupation. The duration of the training and the skills and competencies required for mastery of a given occupation are driven by the industry.

Finding Registered Apprenticeship Opportunities
Job Service North Dakota assists employers in finding qualified applicants for Registered Apprenticeship opportunities by posting apprenticeship-related jobs on Job Service North Dakota's ND Workforce Connection. We also post announcements for employers when they are seeking a list of qualified apprenticeship applicants in preparation for future job openings.

Find Registered Apprenticeship job postings on ND Workforce Connection.

Registered Apprenticeship partners the efforts of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship, Job Service North Dakota (JSND), other State Government agencies, industry leaders, employers, labor management organizations, and educational institutions across North Dakota.

Through this partnership, important issues such as the needs of high-growth, high-demand industries, efforts to support a competitive workforce, and the unique issues facing our workforce in North Dakota - such as an aging workforce and efforts to retain local talent - are addressed.

Registered Apprenticeship is administered through a coordinated effort between all partners. This effort establishes a process for promoting apprenticeship in North Dakota and referring employers and job seekers to Registered Apprenticeship opportunities.