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How apprenticeships can help employers

Companies in all sectors of the American economy are facing complex workforce challenges in increasingly competitive domestic and global markets. Registered Apprenticeship is your proven solution for recruiting, training, and retaining world-class talent.

  • Helps recruit and develop a highly skilled workforce
  • Improves productivity and the bottom line
  • Provides opportunities for tax credits and employee tuition benefits in some states
  • Reduces turnover costs & increases employee retention
  • Creates industry-driven and flexible training solutions to meet national and local needs

Reduce Employee Turnover

When you create the training environment, you know that you will be developing future employees. They will be trained using your methods and on your equipment, creating a culture of learning and cooperation that leads to higher retention rates.

Increase Productivity

Prepare for the increasing minimum wage by improving the skills and productivity of your workforce. Apprentices are a worthwhile investment of your time. Employers that create and encourage registered apprenticeships typically report higher productivity, higher retention rates, and a substantial return on their investment.

How to Develop Your Apprenticeship

  • The Process

    The Process

    1. You contact us to discuss your business goals
    2. We help you to identify job requirements for your apprenticeship
    3. We help you develop training standards and guidelines
    4. We collaborate with you to create curriculum as needed
    5. You’re ready to register your program to access benefits such as tax credits and federal funding
  • The Five Core Components of an Apprenticeship

    Pay workers as productivity increases

    Apprentices receive progressive wage increases through the apprenticeship program as skill benchmarks are attained.

    On-the-job training

    Apprentices receive structured on-the-job training from experienced mentors at job sites.

    Related instruction

    Apprentices receive structured training and coursework at community colleges, technical schools, and/or apprenticeship training schools.

    Direct business involvement

    Employers are the foundation of every apprenticeship program and play an active role in building programs and identifying employee skill gaps.

    Industry-recognized credential

    Upon completion of the Apprenticeship, employees receive nationally-recognized credentials from the Department of Labor.
  • We will help you along the way

    CAMAC will partner with you to ensure the process is smooth and efficient. With our expertise, we facilitate the development of formalized training that maps the specific skills and knowledge that your workers will need. Customized technical assistance and support from a network of apprenticeship staff and consultants is available through this program.

    CAMAC, through its educational partners around the state, will work with you, the employer, to:

    • Recruit, train, and retain entry-level to highly-skilled workers.
    • Design an apprenticeship program to align with your specific needs.
    • Facilitate partnerships with local community colleges, K–12 school districts, and adult education programs.
    • Train your supervisors and managers to successfully mentor your apprentices.
    • Connect you with over $1 billion in State and Federal resources.
  • Templates for Approved Postions

    We can use these templates as a starting point for structuring your apprenticeship program. If you don’t see a position that fits your needs, please get in touch.

Contact us to get started

Call or email us to discuss how apprenticeship can meet your business goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Registered Apprenticeships?

Registered Apprenticeships are innovative 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.

Who are typical Registered Apprenticeship Partners?

Through a proven system of public-private partnerships, Registered Apprenticeship partners with a wide range of organizations including, (but not limited to): Businesses, employer and industry associations, Labor-Management organizations, State and local workforce development agencies, Workforce Investment Boards, Two- and four-year colleges that offer associate and bachelor’s degrees in conjunction with a Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship , U.S. Military, Community Based Organizations and economic development organizations.

What is an apprenticeship like?

During your time as an apprentice, you will be working with experienced employees (mentors) who will help you to learn the skills needed during the on the job portion of the apprenticeship.

How does a Registered Apprenticeship program benefit the sponsor (employer, Labor Management Organization, or Industry Association)?

First and foremost, Apprenticeship sponsors develop highly skilled employees. Once established, Apprenticeship programs also reduce turnover rates, increase productivity, lower the cost of recruitment, and increase safety in the workplace/job site.
Washington State Workforce Board 2008 Evaluation of Apprenticeship

What do I receive upon completion of a Registered Apprenticeship program?

After completion of an apprenticeship program, the apprentice earns a nationally recognized credential from the Department of Labor that is portable and stackable. Additionally, an apprentice, along with earning a paycheck throughout the apprenticeship, is also elevated to journeyworker status that leads to increased pay and upward career opportunities.

Do you earn college credit while participating in a Registered Apprenticeship program?

Today, most Registered Apprenticeship opportunities include on-the-job training, and classroom instruction provided by apprenticeship training centers, technical schools, community colleges, and even distance learning. Often Registered Apprenticeship sponsors work directly with community colleges that ultimately provide college credit for apprentice.

How long are Registered Apprenticeship programs?

The length of an apprenticeship program depends on the complexity of the occupation and the type of program (Time-based, Competency-based, or Hybrid). Apprenticeship programs range from 1 year to 6 years, but the majority of programs are four years in length. During the program, the apprentice receives both structured, on-the-job training (OJT) and job-related education. For each year of the apprenticeship, the apprentice will receive normally 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and a recommended minimum of 144 hours of related classroom instruction.

How is Registered Apprenticeship different from other types of work-based training?

Registered Apprenticeship training is distinguished from other types of workplace training by several factors:
  1. participants who are newly hired (or already employed) earn wages from employers during training.
  2. programs must meet national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor (or federally-recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies.
  3. programs provide on-the-job learning and job-related technical instruction.
  4. on-the-job learning is conducted in the work setting under the direction of one or more of the employer’s personnel.
  5. training results in an industry-recognized credential.

How do I qualify for a Registered Apprenticeship program?

Registered Apprenticeship program sponsors identify the minimum qualifications to apply for a program. The eligible starting age can be no less than 16 years of age; however, individuals must usually be 18 to be an apprentice in hazardous occupations. Program sponsors also identify additional minimum qualifications to apply, (e.g., education, ability to physically perform the essential functions of the occupation, proof of age.) All applicants are required to meet the minimum qualifications.

Is a Registered Apprenticeship a Job?

Yes, Apprentices start working from day one with incremental wage increases as they become more proficient. The average starting wage for an apprentice is approximately $15.00 per hour.

How much money can I earn as an apprentice?

Apprentices earn competitive wages, a paycheck from day one and incremental raises as skill levels increase. The average wage for a fully proficient worker who completed an apprenticeship translates to approximately $50,000 annually. Apprentices who complete their program earn approximately $300,000 more over their career than non-apprenticeship participants.
Mathematica Apprenticeship Earnings Study 2012

Are all Registered Apprenticeships union-based?

No. Registered Apprenticeship is used widely across all industries and includes union and non-union programs. Registered apprenticeship sponsors include unions, but also employers, community colleges and universities, workforce investment boards, industry associations, and the military.

Can I use my Veterans benefits while an apprentices?

Yes, if you have GI Bill or other Veterans benefits remaining, you are able to receive those benefits while in the training program. Find out more about benefits for Veterans in Registered Apprenticeships.

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Industry News & Reports

Employer Case Studies

Employer Case Studies

Employer Case Studies excerpted from Hope Street Group’s “Making Makers” report.
Benefits And Costs Of Apprenticeships

Benefits And Costs Of Apprenticeships

This study worked with two firms to analyze in detail how company performance was tied to their apprenticeship program. Using internal production data, they analyzed certain productivity metrics to put a dollar value on some of the benefits these two companies reap from their apprenticeship programs.
Hope Street Group's

Hope Street Group's "Making Makers" Report

Takes a candid look at competency and credentialing systems in the industry to overcome the frequently faced education, training and recruitment challenges. The report frames solutions, identifies best practices and goes on to propose an innovative model for a fully integrated manufacturing ecosystem.
Return on Investment Study in UK

Return on Investment Study in UK

The IMI has undertaken a two year research project, co-funded by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, to ascertain the level of return on investment from an apprenticeship. The study looked at a cross section of businesses from micro independents to franchise dealers across the whole of the UK involving 30 automotive apprentices.
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Apprenticeship LEADERs

Apprenticeship LEADERs

Includes links to upcoming events, fact sheets, and a complete listing of ApprenticeshipUSA LEADERs registered with the DOL. Use these resources to form strategic partnerships across industries and continue to grow Registered Apprenticeship.

Investing In Human Capital (Video)

Watch this video from the Center for American Progress for a conversation with leading experts to discuss the barriers to expanding apprenticeship in the United States and to consider what policy solutions can be implemented to expand opportunities for workers to get in-demand skills through apprenticeship.