A Fact Sheet for Human Resource Officers and Training Specialists

Registered Apprenticeship programs are valuable models for federal government agencies to recruit and develop well-trained Federal workers in highly-skilled occupations.

Federal agencies can use apprenticeship as an effective human resources strategy to recruit quality candidates, train employees to the specific needs of agencies, and retain a highly-skilled workforce. Apprenticeship can be used within the federal job series and pathways structure, to upskill the current workforce and to accelerate the productivity of new hires. Through the use of standardized training curricula, which fit readily into existing agency training programs, Federal Agencies can ensure their employees have a comprehensive understanding of both the practical and theoretical components in mission-critical occupations. Apprentices are provided with opportunities for incremental wage increases, industry-recognized credentials, and a definitive career path within the federal government.

This site offers information and resources to help federal agencies develop and maintain high-performing apprenticeship programs.

Federal Apprenticeship Program Tools and Resources

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To develop and launch a high-quality apprenticeship program, federal agencies should focus on the following key components:

Identify the Occupation/Job Series The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship has established apprenticeships in over 1,000 occupations in a variety of industries. The Office of Apprenticeship also works with federal government agencies to develop new apprenticeable occupations that meet Office of Personnel Management requirements and fit within agencies' current hiring structure and pathways.
Identify the On-the-Job Learning Competencies Establishing a Registered Apprenticeship occupation/job series includes development of a detailed occupational outline that maps the skills and knowledge to be learned on the job to become fully proficient during the apprenticeship.
Develop a Related Instruction Curriculum The Related Instruction Curriculum represents the technical and theoretical components that will be learned as part of the apprenticeship program. The curriculum can be organized within an agency's existing training model, thereby avoiding duplication. It is recommended that apprentices receive a minimum of 144 hours of related instruction for each year of the apprenticeship program.
Develop Apprenticeship Standards The Office of Apprenticeship has developed an electronic boilerplate document that provides agencies with an expedited approach to completing a set of apprenticeship standards.
Establish an Apprenticeship Committee An internal Apprenticeship Committee provides input into developing the apprenticeship program and can guide its ongoing operations.

Examples of Federal Government Agency Registered Apprenticeship Programs

Federal Agency Occupation Additional Information
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Public Health Informatician
OA Bulletin 2012-25
U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration
  • Workforce Development Specialist
  • Workforce Development Analyst
OA Bulletin 2016-10 and OA Bulletin 2016-09
U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Apprenticeship
  • Apprenticeship and Training Representative
OA Bulletin 2016-05
U.S. Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Engraving and Printing
  • Plate Maker
OA Bulletin 2015-09
U.S. Government Printing Office
  • Keyboarder/Proofreader
  • Offset Plate Maker/Prepress
  • Offset Pressperson
  • Bookbinder
OA Bulletin 2015-12
U.S. Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP)
  • Criminal Investigator
OA Bulletin 2013-24

Want to learn more about Registered Apprenticeship Programs?

  • Visit the Apprenticeship website
  • Explore tools and resources for learning about and establishing apprenticeships
  • Contact the Office of Apprenticeship's Division of Standards and National Industry Promotion at 202-693-3813.