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Apprenticeship and Training




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Registered Apprenticeship is a proven approach for preparing workers for jobs while meeting the needs of businesses for a highly skilled workforce.

It is an employer-driven, “earn while you learn” model that combines on-the-job training with job-related classroom/lab instruction. Registered Apprentices are sponsored by their employer and therefore typically work during the day and attend school at night. As Registered Apprentices increase their skills, they also experience an increase in wages.

Support for Delaware’s Apprenticeship programs is provided by the 2019-2022 Apprenticeship State Expansion (ASE) Grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. The overall funds of this grant total $714,251.37, of which federal funds comprise 100 percent. The remaining 0 percent is comprised of local state, general, and special funds.

Support for Delaware’s Apprenticeship programs is provided by the 2020-2023 State Apprenticeship Expansion (SAE) Grant awarded by the U.S Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. The overall funds of this grant total $450,000.00, of which federal funds comprise 100 percent. The remaining 0 percent is comprised of local, state, general, and special funds.

Registered Apprenticeships are offered in a variety of occupations. Most Registered Apprenticeships are four years in length or 8,000 hours of on-the-job training. For each year of training, a minimum of 144 hours of related instruction is required. Upon completion of the required on-the-job training and related instruction, the Registered Apprentice is eligible for Journeyperson papers. A journeyperson is nationally recognized as having a well-rounded ability in all aspects of his/her trade.

HOW CAN WE HELP?

The following are links to help individuals who are employed or are looking for work (jobseekers), and employers/sponsors, education and community partners find information about Registered Apprenticeship occupations, programs, forms, education, lists of registered sponsors throughout Delaware, contractor bids, and more.

Note: Effective September 1, 2020, this office does not register any apprentice that is registered in another state. Any apprentice that was registered before September 1, 2020, but also registered in another state, will still be able to stay a Delaware registered apprentice. Those employers who this affects have been contacted individually to discuss specifics.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • 1,656 Registered Apprentices (RA)
  • 417 employer sponsors with at least one RA
  • 20+ Occupations with a program

TOP 5 OCCUPATIONS

  • Electrician
  • Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
  • HVAC
  • Sheet Metal Workers
  • Construction Laborers

Note: Registered Apprenticeship programs are also available for Early Childhood Education, Auto Technicians and Hospitality

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO REGISTERED APPRENTICES?

Learn more about becoming a Registered Apprentice.

  • Build valuable skills
  • Gain higher wages as an Apprentice
  • Receive National Credential
  • Advance your career in growing fields
  • Tuition-Free Education

Learn more about becoming a Registered Sponsor. All these benefits come without a single cost to the employer.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO EMPLOYERS?

  • Develop a pipeline of highly-skilled and highly-motivated workers
  • Increase productivity
  • Reduce recruitment costs
  • Lower turnover
  • Provide customized training

National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is an opportunity to highlight Registered Apprenticeship and the benefits employers and individuals gain from the combination of hands-on career training and job-related instruction of the “earn while they learn” model.

Watch the panel discussion with the Secretary of Labor and Office of Apprenticeship & Training team during the kickoff of the 7th NAW from November 15 – 21, 2021. For more information about the past events and other activities, go to de.gov/NAW2021.

Learn what is in store for this upcoming year’s National Apprenticeship Week celebration statewide when you subscribe to our newsletter.

WHAT IS PROJECT EMPLOYMENT BLUEPRINT?

Project Employment Blueprint (PEB) helped jump-start careers in high-demand trade occupations. The program was funded by the Delaware Department of Labor in partnership with the Delaware Vo-Tech School districts. PEB was designed to provide individuals seeking to learn a trade with the opportunity to complete training, which leads to employment with skills in a trade occupation. As of October 2, 2021, the PEB program enrollment ended.

WHAT IS PRE-APPRENTICESHIP?

Being a part of a Pre-Apprenticeship program is ideal for individuals who lack experience or education but want to build a solid foundation to start a successful career. The Registered Pre-Apprenticeship Program complements the existing Registered Apprenticeship programs. Current programs include auto, general construction, and electrical. As Delaware’s unemployment rate drops, disadvantaged and underrepresented populations will be at a greater risk of being left behind. Pre-Apprenticeship opportunities will allow these populations to gain the needed hard and soft skills for a successful career. Pre-Apprenticeship Programs refer to a program or set of strategies designed to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in a Registered Apprenticeship Program.

RESOURCES

General Lists

Occupational Lists

Forms

Policies & Procedures

Marketing Materials

Related Links

STAY CONNECTED

Are you unsure whether you’re considered a Registered Apprentice? Contact apprenticeship@delaware.gov. For more information, or to speak to someone about Registered Apprenticeship, please call the Delaware Department of Labor at (302) 761-8328.

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