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.
Benefits of Registered Apprenticeship
The benefits for workers to participate in a Registered Apprenticeship program:
- The "earn while you learn" concept provides a salary while building a career
- A "lead-in" to promising, well-paid careers in a variety of industries
- Higher quality of life and skills versatility
- Increased marketability and job security
- Portable credentials are recognized nationally and often globally
- Opportunity for college credit and future degrees
The National Apprenticeship Act (NAA), which is also known as the Fitzgerald Act, was enacted in 1937. This Act authorizes the Federal government (specifically the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship), in cooperation with the states, to oversee the nation's apprenticeship system. Together, they:
- Register Apprenticeship programs that meet Federal and State standards
- Assure that all programs provide high-quality training to their apprentices
- Issue Certificates of Completion to apprentices
- Encourage the development of new programs
- Protect the safety and welfare of apprentices
Registered Apprenticeship is an important element in skill development. It is a critical postsecondary education and training model for developing 21st century skills. Registered Apprenticeship is built on the concept that you earn while you learn, and you succeed by demonstrating your acquired knowledge and skills, with the outcome being successful skill attainment in that field.
Registered Apprenticeship is business and industry driven. Some of the key industries in Registered Apprenticeship as noted by the U.S. Department of Labor include advanced manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, biotechnology, construction, energy, geospatial technology, health care, hospitality, information technology, retail trade, security, social services, and transportation. Target industries in North Dakota with potential growth include health care; professional, scientific, and technical services; education; manufacturing; construction; accommodation/food services; and energy. It is important to note that Registered Apprenticeship can be used for both non-union and union career opportunities.
Apprentices work and learn under the direction of experienced journey workers. Apprentices receive training over a period of time that leads to them to become highly skilled in their chosen occupations. As they gain and prove their skills, they receive an increase in wage.
Registered Apprenticeship programs are an excellent opportunity for workers who are transitioning from declining industries and who are looking to make a career change.
The Federal Government has made available a number of resources to assist service members and veterans into high-skill, good paying jobs in apprenticeships.
High school students may be able to take part in a pre-apprenticeship program. These programs help students improve their basic skills and learn more about different careers. This is important because students can then take classes in high school that help focus on their particular field of interest, which benefits them once they graduate.
For students who may not be attending college after graduation, apprenticeship is a good option. With hands-on training and the potential to earn college credit, Registered Apprenticeship is a great option that leads to long-term career opportunities. Students, along with their parents and guidance counselors, can identify industries and occupations of interest and take advantage of the benefits of having an industry expert or mentor help train and prepare the student to be an expert in a given field while building a lifelong career. Many employers require technical classroom instruction as part of their apprenticeship program. Registered Apprenticeship works directly with many two- and four-year colleges and universities to provide the required instruction. Many employers will help pay the cost of tuition, books, and other materials.
For more information on Registered Apprenticeship, visit the North Dakota Office of Apprenticeship website at www.ndapprenticeship.com.