I'm an Employer/Sponsor Looking to Register New Apprentices/Pre-Apprentices

Registered Apprenticeship

Sponsors are required to complete and submit to the ATO an Apprentice Agreement for every new apprentice that is registered in your program. Sponsors are also required to upload this information in the Registered Apprenticeship Partners Information Data System (RAPIDS), the federal system of record for apprenticeship programs. Detailed guides on how to use the RAPIDS system are available below. Your ATR can also provide technical assistance if you run into trouble.

Pre-Apprenticeship

Sponsors are required to complete and keep on file a Pre-Apprentice Agreement for every new pre-apprentice that is registered in your program, but are not required to submit this information to the Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO). Periodically the ATO may request pre-apprentice start and completion data as well as specific information in regards to employment outcomes.

Resources

This template should be used for registering new apprentices.
This template should be used for registering new pre-apprentices.
The Employer Application Form provides group sponsors with additional details about companies wishing to join their programs. Employers applying to join a group-sponsored apprenticeship program could be asked to complete and return this application to the group sponsor.
This form is used to notify the ATO of any changes administrative or otherwise to your Registered Apprenticeship program, such as adding or removing competency categories in your Work Process or changes in your RTI courses or provider.
This form is used to notify the ATO of any changes administrative or otherwise to your Registered Pre-apprenticeship program, such as adding or removing competency categories in your hands-on-learning overview or changes in your curriculum.
Apprenticeship and Training Committees (ATCs) provide structure and oversite for apprenticeship initiatives and are recommended for all programs. For employers with employees represented by a bona fide collective bargaining agent(s), the sponsor must establish a Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) to carry out the responsibilities and duties required of a program sponsor. This document is for sponsor use and acts as a record of committee membership and other meeting details.

Funding Opportunities

Registered apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships have access to a growing number of federal and state funding programs that can support your training, including the GI Bill (which provides supplemental support to veterans engaged in apprenticeship), Pell Grants (which can cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and supplies) and the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (which may provide wage reimbursements to the employers or wrap around services for apprentices). The PA Department of Labor & Industry also makes supports apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs through its PAsmart and Apprenticeship State Expansion (ASE) funding initiatives. Please refer to the resources below for the latest opportunities.

Resources

Provides an overview of funding resources available for apprenticeship programs in PA.
This quick guide provides information for companies, employers, labor, apprenticeship sponsors, educators, workforce professionals, intermediaries and community-based organizations on using Federal funds and resources to support registered apprenticeship.

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