The Benefits of Registered Apprenticeship
Registered Apprenticeship is an effective way for businesses to ensure an ample supply of well-qualified, highly trained workers by engaging directly in their preparations, education and training. Unlike traditional postsecondary education programs that are designed to prepare students for any number of careers and generally focus more on theory than practice, apprenticeship is designed by and for the employer and is highly specialized to meet the unique needs of a specific job. Because apprentices learn primarily in the workplace, they are trained using the same state-of-the-art equipment that they will use on the job. Moreover, they will be instructed and mentored by skilled workers who have done the job the apprentice is training to do and who will ensure that apprentices are acculturated to workplace norms and expectations. Those who complete a registered apprenticeship receive a credential that is nationally recognized as a mark of distinction.
Employers that support apprenticeship training within their organization generally report the following benefits from their apprenticeship programs:
- Filling vacancies that otherwise couldn’t be filled due to skills gaps among available workers
- Attracting a broader range of candidates and diversifying the workforce
- Improving employee morale and loyalty - thus reducing turnover
- Ensuring that workers are trained to the employer’s standards using the employer’s equipment and protocols
- Shortening the amount of time before new employers are productive
- Decreasing error and accident rates
- Ensuring that the knowledge and experience of aging workers is transferred to the next generation of workers
Why Register Your Program?
Graduates of apprenticeship programs receive a national, industry-recognized credential, and registration means the program has met national and independent standards for quality and rigor. Registration tells prospective employees, customers and suppliers that the business invests in its workforce and believes employees are its most important asset.
Only registered apprenticeships have access to certain federal and state funding programs, such as the GI Bill (which provides supplemental support to veterans engaged in apprenticeship), the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (which may provide wage reimbursements to the employers or wrap around services for apprentices) and PA workforce development grants.
Create A Registered Apprenticeship Program
Registering your program is easy, and involves four main steps:
Step #1: Develop your apprenticeship program
Step #2: Complete your registration paperwork
Step #3: Register your apprenticeship program with the State
Step #4: Launch and maintain your program
Detailed instructions for each of these steps are contained in the Registering a Apprenticeship Program in PA guide. As you begin to develop your program, please reach out to your regional Apprenticeship & Training Representative (ATR), who can provide additional assistance as you register your apprenticeship program.