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Registered Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are innovative training programs that allow employers to develop and prepare their future workforce, while providing individuals with a learn-while-you-earn approach to career development. Apprenticeships include:

  • Paid Job - Apprentices are paid employees who produce high-quality work while they learn skills that enhance their employers' needs.
  • On-the-Job Learning - Develops skilled workers through structured learning in a work setting.
  • Classroom Learning - Improves job-related skills through education in a classroom setting (virtual or in-person).
  • Mentorship - Provides apprentices with the support of a skilled worker to assist and enhance critical hands-on-learning.
  • Credentials - Offers a portable, nationally-recognized credential to be issued at the completion of the program.

Who we are at the Apprenticeship and Training Office, PA Department of Labor and Industry

The Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO) within the PA Department of Labor & Industry is responsible for guiding and promoting the expansion of apprenticeship programs across the state. As a State Apprenticeship Agency (SAA), it is responsible for overseeing the development and approval of programs, agreements, and policy that support apprenticeship, and is working to embed a focus on apprenticeships within the State’s workforce system and PA CareerLink® offices. While the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania accepts and supports the Federal Standards of Apprenticeship and works closely with the federal office, the ATO has developed PA’s own set of apprenticeship standards that are specific for the Commonwealth. It supports sponsors with the resources they need to implement high quality apprenticeships programs, including through the PAsmart grant program.

ATO Goals

  • Increase the number of Registered Apprenticeship opportunities in Pennsylvania.
  • Expand apprenticeship into non-traditional occupations and serve underrepresented populations.
  • Raise awareness about the benefits of Registered Apprenticeship and how to access them.
  • Advocate for apprenticeship as a premier solution to meeting workforce needs.
  • Provide programs the support and resources needed to align with PA standards and practices.

ATO Services

  • Technical Assistance: We assist sponsors during every step of the program building and registration process, and offer continued capacity building to help maintain and enhance programs.
  • Strategic Planning and Ecosystem Building: We help local areas create strategic plans and establish a regional approach to growing apprenticeship, and help plan and facilitate meetings among partners, employers, training providers as needed.
  • Knowledge Dissemination, Education, and Advocacy: This includes the creation and distribution of knowledge products specific to PA, sharing of best practices, and continuous advocacy in the form of formal support, representation, and presentations.
  • Funding Opportunities: We provide access and information related to federal and state funding opportunities available to support apprenticeship.
  • Local Support: The ATO can support local apprenticeship representatives as they do all of the above. Additionally, the ATO will connect potential sponsors and apprentices to local contacts as an additional layer of support more in tune with local needs.

Meet the Team

The ATO’s staff of Apprenticeship & Training Representatives (ATRs) helps sponsors develop and register new apprenticeship programs. They provide technical assistance at every step on your journey to adopting this innovative approach to workforce development.

Field Representatives Region Map

Western Region

Vacant Position

South East Region

Vacant Position

Northern Region

Vacant Position

Central Region

Joseph Bass

If you’re not sure who to reach out to, contact is a great way to get questions answered or to first express your interest in apprenticeship. From there we will ensure we either answer your questions or get you to the correct regional representative.


Tara Loew
Oversees all operations and staff related to the Apprenticeship and Training Office.

Clerk/Administrative Support

Nukea Finley
Provides administrative support to the Apprenticeship and Training Office, staff, and partners.

Grants and Statistical Development Program Manager

Sam Primak
Managers the day-to-day program management of grants and statistical data development.

Workforce Development Supervisor

Cristie DeWitt
Performs and supervises the day to day activities of ATR field staff and serves a variety of outreach, promotional, compliance management and technical advisory duties.

Pre-Apprenticeship Manager and Administrative Officer

Danielle Demirovic
Serves as the main representative for Registered Pre-Apprenticeship within the Commonwealth and is responsible for managing, directing and performing a wide-range of administrative tasks.

Clerk/Administrative Support

Vacant Position
Provides administrative support to the Apprenticeship and Training Office, staff, and partners.

PA Apprenticeship and Training Council (PATC)

In accordance with the Apprenticeship and Training Act of 1961, a State Apprenticeship and Training Council exists in PA as a departmental agency in the Department of Labor and Industry to act as the approving agency of registration for proposed Apprenticeship programs. The Council is committed to promoting excellence in apprenticeship through the establishment and furtherance of standards of apprenticeship and training to safeguard the welfare of apprentices and trainees. It aims to contribute to a healthy economy by aiding in the development and maintenance of a skilled labor force sufficient in numbers and quality to meet the expanding needs of Pennsylvania industry and to attract new industry. The specific powers and duties of the Council can be found in Section 4 of the Act (see Resources).

The Council is composed of eleven voting members who are appointed by the Governor, 4 representatives of employees, 4 representatives of employers, 3 representatives of the general public, as well as 5 ex-officio members who provide key insight and guidance. Their diverse backgrounds and expertise around apprenticeship help them vet programs and provide suggestions for improvements. The Council’s approval of a program certifies that it meets the requirements established by the State, thereby making it eligible for government support.

You can view prior meeting notes to learn more about the Council’s latest activities, including information about the newest approved apprenticeship programs by visiting the PA Department of Labor and Industry’s Apprenticeship webpage:


Act establishing apprenticeships in PA.
Regulations governing apprenticeships in the state of Pennsylvania.

Contact Us

PA Department of Labor & Industry

Apprenticeship and Training Office
651 Boas Street, 12th Floor Harrisburg, PA 17121
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(717) 783-5857

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