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Registered Apprenticeship

What is registered apprenticeship?

Registered apprenticeship is a proven solution for recruiting, training, and retaining world-class talent. It's an effective strategy to give your employees the specific skills and productivity levels to meet the emerging demands of today's market.

This industry-driven training model combines work-based learning with classroom instruction using the highest industry standards. It's a unique, flexible system, and it works!

An apprenticeship is a relationship between an employer and an employee during which the employee, or apprentice, learns a high-skill occupation. The registered apprenticeship model consists of a combination of both classroom/related technical instruction (RTI) and on-the-job training. A sponsor, who can be an individual employer or an association of employers, operates the apprentice training programs on a voluntary basis. When a sponsor comprises both employer and union representatives, it becomes a Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC).

Apprenticeship training programs are authorized by the National Apprenticeship Act of 1937 (Fitzgerald Act), PL 75-308. In New Jersey, approval of apprentice programs and registration of apprenticeship programs standards is conducted by the US Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship, and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

How can registered apprenticeship benefit my company?

  • Train your employees in the latest technologies without losing valuable production time.
  • Invest in new talent that can keep pace with industry and technological advancements.
  • Meet the specific demands of your industry with flexible, customized training options.
  • Improve productivity, profitability and employer/employee relations.
  • Reduce liability and turnover by investing in your employees' knowledge.
  • Strengthen your standing as an industry leader in your community by providing employment and training opportunities and producing a trained, skilled, loyal workforce.

Become a registered apprenticeship sponsor

Are you interested in

  • developing a pipeline of talented, high-skilled workers?
  • increasing productivity and improving your bottom line?
  • reducing turnover and increasing retention?

Does your company employ workers in any of the more than 1,000 apprenticeable occupations? If so, providing registered apprenticeship opportunities may be the right choice for you!

County Apprenticeship Coordinators

New Jersey's County Apprenticeship Coordinators ensure that registered apprentices can access and complete the related classroom instruction part of registered apprenticeship, promote registered apprenticeship training programs to jobseekers, expand registered apprentice sponsorship to employers in existing and new occupational areas, and assist in the development of career ladders from high school to registered apprenticeship training and to related collegiate degree programs.

To learn more or to start the process of becoming an apprenticeship sponsor, please visit the County Apprenticeship Coordinator Directory to email to your USDOL Office of Apprenticeship Representative. Your email should include company name, company address, and the contact person's name, phone number, and email address.

For more information

LWD Apprenticeship Unit