Registered Apprenticeship National Results Fiscal Year 2021

10/01/2020 to 9/30/2021

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* Although COVID-19 caused a 12% decrease in new apprentices in FY20, there was a 9% increase in new apprentices in FY21.

 

FY 2021 Registered Apprentices and Participation Trends

  • In FY 2021, more than 241,000 new apprentices entered the national apprenticeship system.
  • Nationwide, there were over 593,000 apprentices obtaining the skills they need to succeed while earning the wages they need to build financial security.
  • 96,000 apprentices graduated from the apprenticeship system in FY 2021.

FY 2021 Registered Apprenticeship Sponsors and Trends

  • There were nearly 27,000 registered apprenticeship programs active across the nation.
  • 2,879 new apprenticeship programs were established nationwide in FY 2021.

 

Data Modernization

Fiscal Year 2021 marked major achievements in the Office of Apprenticeship’s data modernization effort.  Previously, the Office of Apprenticeship only had access to individual level data from the 41 states that used the Registered Apprenticeship Partners Information Management Data System (RAPIDS) for case management.  The remaining 12 states and territories were State Apprenticeship Agency (SAA) states that chose to manage their own statewide registered apprenticeships and use their own performance system.  While those states were still required to submit quarterly data to the Office of Apprenticeship, it was aggregate level data which did not include demographics, industries, occupations, and other useful information.  The Office of Apprenticeship also only received aggregate level apprenticeship data from the Department of Defense for the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP), the largest Registered Apprenticeship program with over 100,000 active-duty service members.

To have a complete and accurate picture of the entire National Registered Apprenticeship System, the Office of Apprenticeship created a SAA data portal that allowed the remaining SAA states to quickly and easily transfer non-PII, individual level data into RAPIDS, including demographic data.  Due to the success of the SAA portal, OA data cleanup efforts, and robust technical assistance with the states, RAPIDS now captures individual record data from 48 states and USMAP.  The Office of Apprenticeship is working with the five remaining states and territories (Minnesota, Oregon, Vermont, Washington state, and the District of Columbia) with the goal to have all national individual level apprenticeship data by the end of Fiscal Year 2022.

As a part of the data modernization efforts, the Office of Apprenticeship also introduced a new performance metric, Total Apprentices Served, to create consistency with WIOA performance measures and accurately show the overall performance and impact of the system.  The Office of Apprenticeship previously used the “Active Apprentices” performance measure to show the overall capacity and scale of the apprenticeship system which was based on the active number of apprentices on a particular day (e.g. as of September 30, 2021).  Since that number fluctuated daily based on the number of new apprentices, exiters, and completers on a given day, it has become increasingly evident that the Active Apprentices measure was not an accurate depiction of the impact and effectiveness of the Registered Apprenticeship system over time.  Similar to WIOA’s “Participant Served” performance measure, “Total Apprentices Served” shows a more complete and comprehensive picture of all Registered Apprenticeship system activity for a particular timeframe (e.g. Fiscal Year), including everyone touched by the system from entry through exit or completion and creates more consistency across the larger workforce system and programs funded by DOL’s Employment and Training Administration as a whole. 

FY21 Total Apprentices Served

*NOTE: As in FY 2020, COVID-19 has continued to have an impact on the growth of Registered Apprenticeship, causing a 6.7 percent decrease in active apprentices between FY 2020 and FY 2021.

 

Apprenticeship Data Files

An extract of the RAPIDS data files are available for the public to download and use in research. The extract includes data on all apprentices, programs, and occupations in the system dating back to 2000. All personally identifiable information has been removed from the extract. As noted above, RAPIDS currently captures individual record data for 48 states (the 25 states administered by the Office of Apprenticeship and 18 of the 28 states/territories administered by SAAs).  It does not include data from Minnesota, Oregon, Vermont, Washington state, and the District of Columbia), but is expected to represent the complete national dataset by the end of FY 2022.

 

National Apprenticeship Data

FY21 Active Apprentices

FY21 New Apprentices

FY21 Completers

FY21 Active Programs

FY21 New Programs

 

National Registered Apprenticeship Results

Fiscal Year

Active Apprentices

New Apprentices

Total Completers

Active Programs

New Programs

2008 442,386 132,782 51,386 24,285 1,525
2009 420,140 110,707 50,493 26,622 1,456
2010 387,720 109,989 51,212 25,961 1,807
2011 357,692 130,391 55,178 24,967 1,409
2012 362,123 147,487 59,783 21,279 1,750
2013 375,425 164,746 52,542 19,431 1,540
2014 410,375 170,544 44,417 19,260 1,623
2015 447,929 197,535 52,717 20,910 1,898
2016 505,371 206,020 49,354 21,339 1,701
2017 533,607 191,563 64,021 22,488 2,369
2018 585,026 238,549 71,789 23,441 3,229
2019 633,476 252,271 81,552 24,778 3,133
2020 636,515 222,243 82,379 25,732 3,143
2021 593,690 241,849 96,915 27,385 2,879

 

State Apprenticeship Data

Active Apprentices

State active apprenticeship numbers

New Apprentices

State New Apprenticeship numbers

Completers

State Completers numbers

Active Programs

State Active Programs numbers

New Programs

State New Programs numbers

 

FY21 National State Totals

State

Active Apprentices

New Apprentices

Completers

Active Programs

New Programs

 AK

1,934

849

249

288

29

 AL

3,098

1,273

444

132

14

 AR

7,199

3,118

592

144

12

American Samoa

5

0

0

1

0

 AZ

4,595

1,997

673

284

62

 CA

79,494

27,759

12,999

866

79

 CO

5,540

2,647

944

260

47

 CT

5,770

3,164

1,579

1,662

159

 DC

6,507

790

609

367

22

 DE

1,516

713

173

439

79

 FL

11,770

4,594

1,792

262

20

Federated States of Micronesia

0

0

0

1

1

 GA

9,380

2,828

890

178

17

 Guam

617

204

23

125

4

 HI

7,324

1,871

783

98

9

 IA

8,475

4,515

1,676

897

197

 ID

1,681

800

318

225

45

 IL

16,194

4,955

2,887

526

45

 IN

18,552

8,207

2,482

1,182

67

 KS

1,903

862

277

150

17

 KY

4,074

1,767

603

353

43

 LA

3,519

1,200

386

75

5

 MA

12,911

3,155

288

1,058

31

 MD

8,040

1,513

656

240

24

 ME

1,109

529

119

125

22

 MI

18,026

6,251

2,697

1,102

60

 MN

11,063

3,233

1,778

200

2

 MO

13,944

8,104

3,235

471

27

Northern Marianas

2

2

0

1

1

 MS

2,022

1,784

502

74

17

 MT

1,955

846

319

821

70

 NC

8,775

608

520

1,055

128

 ND

1,050

413

176

106

6

 NE

3,869

2,989

594

108

20

 NH

2,741

1,167

673

437

75

 NJ

8,087

2,710

1,310

1,680

269

 NM

2,263

1,040

333

121

24

 NV

5,840

2,016

717

100

10

 NY

17,501

4,127

2,089

1,148

65

 OH

19,848

6,991

2,763

605

22

 OK

1,739

470

238

129

12

 OR

10,685

1,513

469

181

4

 PA

17,221

5,044

2,853

880

23

 PR

513

347

0

22

13

 RI

2,333

1,161

426

536

66

 SC

6,631

2,892

7,839

1,199

135

 SD

741

546

134

135

3

 TN

7,102

3,207

1,059

419

46

 TX

21,909

9,524

2,606

640

110

 UT

4,279

2,045

716

272

31

 VA

11,168

4,013

1,735

2,845

340

 VI

13

13

0

3

1

 VT

1,827

431

119

366

64

 WA

17,676

7,027

2,758

239

22

 WI

11,190

3,122

1,763

1,122

85

 WV

5,092

1,693

593

146

11

 WY

412

180

71

88

18

National Programs

134,966

77,030

24,388

196

49

Grand Total

593,690

241,849

96,915

27,385

2,879

 

RAPIDS Data

FY21 Apprentice Data by Gender

FY21 RAPIDS gender

Gender

Active Apprentices

New Apprentices

Completers

Female

73,677

40,491

80,366

Male

472,052

187,698

15,606

Participant Did Not Self-Identify

2,193

1,772

98

Total

547,922

229,961

96,070

 

FY21 Apprentice Data by Race

Active Apprenticeship by Race Chart

Race

Active Apprentices

New Apprentices

Completers

American Indian or Alaska Native

6,523

2,165

1,006

Asian

8,268

3,023

1,430

Black or African American

41,788

18,546

5,737

Multiple-Race Selected

129,729

68,048

22,822

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

5,677

1,651

655

White

251,299

90,318

39,583

Participant Did Not Self-Identify

104,638

46,210

24,837

Total

547,922

229,961

96,070

 

FY21 Apprentice Data by Ethnicity

Active Apprenticeship by Ethnicity Chart

Ethnicity

Active Apprentices

New Apprentices

Completers

Hispanic

117,651

50,187

17,357

Non-Hispanic

321,720

129,573

51,184

Participant Did Not Self-Identify

108,551

50,201

27,529

Total

547,922

229,961

96,070

 

FY21 Apprentice Data by Age

FY21 RAPIDS demographics by age

Age Active Apprentices New Apprentices Completers
24 and Under 207,012 85,890 31,095
25-34 217,526 90,606 41,903
35+ 111,893 50,737 22,971
Participant Did Not Self-Identify 11,491 2,728 101
Total 547,922 229,961 96,070

 

FY21 Apprentice Data by Veteran Status

Active Apprenticeship by Veteran Status Chart

Veteran Status Active Apprentices New Apprentices Completers
Non Veteran 363,477 135,377 55,723
Non Veteran, Other Eligible* 706 699 2
Participant Did Not Self-Identify 150,841 80,470 25,190
Veteran 32,547 13,285 15,155
Veteran, Eligible** 351 130 0
Total 547,922 229,961 96,070

*A dependent of a Veteran

**A Veteran eligible for other G.I. Bill and Title 38 benefits

 

FY21 Union vs Non-Union Program Data

Program Type

Active Apprentices

Active Programs

Percent Active Apprentices

Percent Active Programs

Employer Only

291,225

21,923

53%

83%

Joint Labor-Management

256,698

4,379

47%

17%

Total

547,922

26,302

100%

100%

Employer Only programs are wholly administered by the employer with no intermediary, compared to Joint Labor-Management programs between an employer and a labor organization, most often a union.  

 

Top 30 Occupations for Fiscal Year 2021

Occupation

Active Apprentices

Electrician

                     71,812

Carpenter

                     29,800

Plumber

                     21,971

Sprinkler Fitter

                     17,595

Construction Craft Laborer

                     15,009

Truck Driver, Heavy

                     11,604

Sheet Metal Worker

                       9,899

Lineman

                       9,166

Structural Steel Worker

                       8,107

HVAC Maintenance and Installer

                       8,050

Millwright

                       6,033

Elevator Constructor

                       5,446

Drywall Applicator Specialist

                       5,204

Roofer

                       4,958

Certified Nurse Assistant

                       4,619

Operating Engineer

                       4,445

Line Erector

                       4,318

Telecommunications Technician

                       4,088

Painter

                       3,629

Correction Officer

                       3,244

Cement Mason

                       2,560

Registered Nurse Resident

                       2,396

Boilermaker

                       2,184

Restaurant Manager

                       2,149

Housekeeper

                       1,968

Pharmacy Technician

                       1,931

Childcare Development Specialist

                       1,786

Bricklayer

                       1,720

Glazier

                       1,645

Machinist

                       1,613

Top 5 New Occupations for Fiscal Year 2021 are Early Childhood Educator, Overhead Utility Installer Technician, Business Analyst, Small Cell Technician, and Railroad Conductor.

 

FY21 Apprenticeship Data by Industry

Industry

Active Apprentices

Construction

                   197,421

Public Administration

                   135,269

Educational Services

                     67,202

Not Provided

                     59,411

Manufacturing

                     23,720

Other Services (except Public Administration)

                     15,038

Health Care and Social Assistance

                     13,782

Utilities

                     13,539

Transportation and Warehousing

                       8,651

Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services

                       2,684

Accommodation and Food Services

                       2,668

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

                       1,897

Wholesale Trade

                       1,793

Retail Trade

                       1,642

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction

                       1,065

Finance and Insurance

                       1,053

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

                          350

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

                          241

Information

                          189

Management of Companies and Enterprises

                               2

 

 

Data Definitions

New Apprentices: Apprentices registered during the period of performance (the start date, not the registration date is used).

New Programs: Programs registered during the period or performance.

Active Apprentices: Includes registered, suspended, and reinstated apprentices.

Active Programs: Includes registered, suspended, and reinstated programs.

Active Apprentices/Programs: Active count at the end of a period (active at beginning of period plus new during period minus completed/cancelled during period).

Total Apprentices Served:  The total number of apprentices who participated in a Registered Apprenticeship program during a particular period of performance.  Includes new enrollments, active apprentices, those who completed a program and those who exited a program.

Completers or Graduates: Apprentices that have completed their training during the period.