How to Create an Apprenticeship Program

by Contributor; Updated September 26, 2017

How to Create an Apprenticeship Program. Apprenticeship programs are usually found in technical industries and can be put into place by employers, either alone or with the help of labor unions. The government provides and consultation services to employers who wish to create programs that will become a part of the national registered apprenticeship program. Such programs combine on-the-job training and classroom instruction with payment so that employees can truly learn a trade while earning a living.

Create an Apprenticeship Program

Step 1

Decide whether your budget allows for your company to establish an apprenticeship program. An apprenticeship program is a time-intensive program that combines on-the-job training and classroom instruction. Your company will need to be able to financially support not only the apprentice trainer but also the apprentice, who, by law, needs to receive at least minimum wage.

Step 2

Create a detailed plan of the terms and conditions of the apprenticeship. The plan should include an outline of the skills in which an apprentice will be trained and how much time will be devoted to learning each skill. It's also important to note who will be providing the training and the qualifications of that person.

Step 3

Provide for classroom instruction in subjects related to your occupation. A registered apprenticeship program must include no less than 144 hours of technical instruction per year. Many companies will associate with a vocational or technical school, which will provide instruction for apprentices in exchange for the opportunity to place students in an apprenticeship program.

Step 4

Create a schedule of wages for the apprentice, which allows for incremental increases in pay as new core skills are mastered as evidenced by a review of an apprentice's job performance. Such reviews and evaluations should be appropriately documented.

Step 5

Read the U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration's (DOLETA) Apprenticeship Program standards thoroughly to see whether your organization's apprenticeship program can become a part of the registered apprenticeship program. The full program standards can be downloaded from the DOLETA website (see Resources below).

Tips

  • Work with the Office of Apprenticeship (OA) in your state to ensure that your program meets all the mandatory requirements. The OA provides consultation and help in organizing, managing and, in some circumstances, obtaining additional financing for registered apprenticeship programs.