What is a registered apprenticeship, and does your company need one?
Apprenticeships are structured training programs that lead to highly skilled workers for businesses, and for higher wages for workers. Using a blend of book work and hands-on experiences, the apprentices learn best practices for their roles in the process. The combination of on the job and theoretical work assures that associates can perform the tasks correctly and that they are not learning by-the-seat-of-the-pants methods that may not be as effective.
The department of Labor defines 729 occupations that can be apprenticed from ‘able seaman’ and ‘acoustical carpenter’ to ’X-ray equipment tester’ and ‘youth development practitioner.’ Using these lists, the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) has opened up a call for grant proposals to train people for new jobs with a registered apprentice program. If a company wants to create a training program that is not listed, it will need to register the apprenticeship as part of the grant proposal.
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