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Training

Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation. Apprenticeship programs can be sponsored by individual employers, joint employer and labor groups, and/or employer associations.

The Department of Labor's role is to safeguard the welfare of apprentices, ensure equality of access to apprenticeship programs, and provide integrated employment and training information to sponsors and the local employment and training community.

The Department's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) provides a list of contacts to help you locate apprenticeship opportunities near you. Information is also available by subscribing to DOL's Office of Apprenticeship Training, Employer, and Labor Services' (ATELS) e-mail subscription service.

DOL Web Pages on This Topic

Office of Apprenticeship
Provides information about apprenticeship for employers and employees. Explains what apprenticeship programs are, how employers can establish their own programs, and how individuals can apply to become apprentices.

Registered Apprenticeship Fact Sheet 1 (PDF)
Registered Apprenticeship is a training system that produces highly skilled workers to meet the demands of employers competing in a global economy. A proven strategy, Registered Apprenticeship ensures quality training by combining on-the-job training with theoretical and practical classroom instruction to prepare exceptional workers for American industry.

Registered Apprenticeship Fact Sheet 2 (PDF)
Additional information on the Registered Apprenticeship program.

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Laws & Regulations on This Topic

Laws

29 USC §50
Labor Standards for the Registration of Apprenticeship Programs

Regulations

29 CFR Part 29
Labor Standards for the Registration of Apprenticeship Programs