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Becoming a Registered Apprenticeship Sponsor

Effective September 1, 2020, this office will not register any apprentice registered in another state. Any apprentice registered before September 1, 2020, but also registered in another state will still stay a Delaware registered apprentice. Current sponsors were individually notified.

Registered Apprenticeship programs are available in a variety of industries and occupations such as Auto Technicians and Hospitality. For a full list of USDOL-approved apprenticeable occupations, click here. Note: Delaware does not currently have programs in all of these occupations.

First and foremost, Registered Apprenticeship helps businesses develop highly-skilled employees. Registered Apprenticeship programs have also been shown to reduce turnover rates, increase productivity, and lower recruitment costs.

Additional benefits include:

  • Customized training that meets industry standards, tailored to the specific needs of your business, resulting in highly-skilled employees.
  • Increased knowledge transfer through on-the-job learning from an experienced mentor, combined with education courses, supports work-based learning.
  • Enhanced employee retention: 91% of apprentices that complete an apprenticeship are still employed nine months later.
  • A safer workplace may reduce worker compensation costs due to the program’s emphasis on safety training.
  • A stable and reliable pipeline of qualified workers.
  • A systematic approach to training ensures employees are trained and certified to produce at the highest skill levels required for the occupation.
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90-Day Trucking Apprenticeship Challenge

The 90-Day Trucking Apprenticeship Challenge kicks off on December 16 and seeks to promote the apprenticeship model as a solution to get more well-trained drivers on the road. The Challenge asks employers who are ready to step up to commit to accelerating the development of new apprenticeship programs and help expand existing ones through new employer and labor partnerships to support recruitment, retention and return on investment in the trucking industry. Learn More.

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View Rules and Regulations

To view the Delaware Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship’s current laws, please click on the Rules and Regulations. This information will provide you with definitions, eligibility, standards, wage progressions, ratios, complaint process, etc.

Sponsor Application Form

  • Completing this form is the first step to become a Registered Sponsor and to have a Registered Apprenticeship Program. Complete the Sponsor Application Form, get it notarized, and mail your original to the Office of Apprenticeship at 4425 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE 19802; if you would like us to get working on the application while in the mail, email a notarized copy to us at

Apprenticeship and Training Agreement Form

  • This form is used to sign up a new Registered Apprentice. It is completed by the Sponsor, the new Registered Apprentice, and the Office of Apprenticeship. Once we receive it, we will review, process, and provide the Sponsor with a fully executed copy for your records.

For more information, or to speak to someone about Registered Apprenticeship, please call the Delaware Department of Labor at (302) 761-8328.

Support for Delaware’s Apprenticeship programs are 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.

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