What is Apprenticeship?
A Registered Apprenticeship is an opportunity for a worker to earn a salary while receiving mandatory on-the-job (OTJ) training, and related technical instruction (RTI). Related training instruction is an organized and systematic form of instruction designed to provide the apprentice with the knowledge of the theoretical and technical subjects related to the apprentice's occupation. Such instructions may be given in a classroom, through occupational or industrial courses, or by correspondence courses of equivalent value, electronic media, or other forms of self-study approved by the registration agency. On-the-job training and related technical instruction are both vital elements required for every registered apprenticeship program. A skilled mentor, also known as a journeyworker, is required to oversee and train the apprentice. A registered apprenticeship is a voluntary, industry-driven system for occupations requiring a range of high-level skills. It is full-time, paid employment and training with built-in career placement.
Apprenticeship programs are sponsored by individual employers, employer associations and/or joint employer and labor groups. The sponsor of an apprenticeship program plans and administers the program.
What are the Advantages of Registered Apprenticeship to Employers?
- Develops highly skilled employees
- Helps reduced turnover rates & increases company loyalty
- Results in higher productivity
- Lowers investment in recruitment
- Helps create a more diverse workforce
- Helps reduce training costs
- Guarantees competent workers, trained to company standards
A registered apprenticeship program has an approved set of training standards issued by the state registration agency. The registering agency is responsible for any technical assistance the program may need.
Registered apprenticeships are available in almost any occupation including Information Technology (IT), Cyber Security, Construction, Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare, Maintenance, Utilities and more.
Arizona Apprenticeship Office
Arizona Department of Economic Security
P.O Box 6123
Phoenix, AZ 85005