Registered apprenticeship programs may be sponsored by individual businesses, trade associations or other industry groups, or through joint partnership agreements with labor organizations. Alaska apprenticeship programs are registered by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship. The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development works closely with the USDOL office and with apprenticeship programs.
A key difference between registered apprenticeship and other forms of training is that a registered apprentice is a paid employee from the start of the program. Although an apprentice's wages usually begin at a lower level than those of incumbent workers (although not less than the minimum wage), the wages must increase as the apprentice progresses through the program, based on a schedule outlined in a written agreement between the employer and the apprentice. The employer must designate a qualified mentor to supervise and train the apprentice.
Benefits of Training Apprentices
Companies are not required by law to register their apprenticeship programs, but those who do can demonstrate that their program has been reviewed by the U.S. Department of Labor, and as such may have access to federal and state resources not made available to unregistered programs.
For example, an employer who registers his or her program may be eligible to receive partial reimbursement for the time spent training/mentoring an apprentice, through state or federal workforce training funds. If an apprentice is also a veteran, he or she may be able to use GI Bill benefits while completing the apprenticeship program.
Plan for the Future
For more information, see the Federal Resources Playbook.
Return on Investment
For every $1 spent on Registered Apprenticeship, employers get an average of $1.47 back in increased productivity.