Purpose of Apprenticeship
Registered Apprenticeship involves learning how to do a task by performing it on the job, and also learning why it’s done that way through Related Technical Instruction. Much of the Related Technical Instruction is obtained through community colleges and technical colleges. On-the-job training and Related Technical Instruction are both vital elements required for every Registered Apprenticeship program. A skilled mentor/journeyworker is required to oversee and train the apprentice. Registered Apprenticeship, a voluntary, industry-driven system for occupations requiring a broad range of high-level skills, is full-time – paid – employment and training with built-in career placement.
The Arizona Apprenticeship system is a voluntary, industry-driven system of on-the-job training and related technical instruction, approved by the State of Arizona, sponsored by employers, employer associations, and jointly by management and labor. An apprentice, as an employee, receives supervised, structured, on-the-job work experience combined with related technical instruction in a specific occupation.
- Minimum of 2,000 hours of On-The-Job Learning. (Hands On)
- Minimum of 144 Hours a year of Related Technical Instruction. (Theoretical Instruction)
Arizona Apprenticeship Program List (209 KB PDF)
View the List of Officially Recognized Apprenticeable Occupations which is available from the Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship.
Arizona Apprenticeship Office
Arizona Department of Economic Security
P.O Box 6123
Phoenix, AZ 85005
(602) 542-2491 FAX LINE
Willie Higgins, Apprenticeship Program
What is Registered Apprenticeship?
- It’s a job.
Apprentices start working from day one with incremental wage increases as they become more proficient.
- It’s on-the-job learning and education.
Registered Apprenticeship includes on-the-job learning from an assigned mentor combined with technical training provided by apprenticeship training centers, technical schools, community colleges, and institutions employing distance and computer-based learning systems.
- It’s a credential.
At the end of the apprenticeship, all apprentices receive a nationally recognized credential. Some apprenticeship programs offer interim credentials as apprentices achieve important milestones during their apprenticeship.
Advantages of Registered Apprenticeship
Benefits to Employers
- Highly skilled employees
- Reduced turnover rates
- Higher productivity
- Lower investment in recruitment
- More diverse workforce
- New pool of workers
- Creation of career pathways
- Attracts highly qualified applicants
- Provides systematic training to develop more informed employees
- Involves a commitment from the employee
- Increases company loyalty
- Reduces turnover
- Increases productivity due to increased knowledge
- Reduces training costs
- Assures well-trained employees, trained to industry/company standards
Benefits to Apprentices
- Nationally recognized and portable credentials
- Improved skills and competencies
- Higher wages as skills increase
- Career advancement
- Full-time employment with career placement built in
- Become skilled in a trade, and get paid to do it – “Earn While You Learn!”
- Involves a commitment from the employer
- Progressively increasing wage
- Nationally recognized credential – Completion of Apprenticeship Certificate
- Improved job security and standard of living
Benefits to Workforce Development
- Aligned with workforce system goals and performance outcomes
- Industry-driven with 250,000 sponsors nation wide
- More than 500,000 apprentices annually nation wide
- Requires an employer-employee relationship
- Training programs take 1-6 years, most programs are 3-4 years long
- Apprentices typically start at 50% of journeyworker/mentor wage
- Nationally recognized apprenticeable occupations
- Sponsored by:
- Individual employer
- Group of employers
- Employer (s) and labor