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Registered Apprenticeship FAQ




Below you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions under the following categories:

General – Employers / Sponsors

When a representative from the Office of Apprenticeship conducts an annual review, they will be checking three things:

  • Update apprentice OJT hours (overtime is included as long as it is within the apprentice’s trade of study);
  • Update apprentice rate of pay. The wage schedule is set up when the sponsor creates their program, which is customizable to each sponsor; and
  • Verify all sponsor contact information is up-to-date.

In addition, around the time of the review, the Office of Apprenticeship will contact the school to verify that the apprentice is enrolled in school. If the apprentice was registered after the start of the current school year, there will be no penalty. The apprentice will simply be required to be enrolled by the following school year.

It does not matter, you can still participate in our RA Apprentice Program. Your apprentice will receive tuition-waived classroom instruction if your company or apprentice has paid Delaware State Income Tax.

It does not matter, you can still participate in our RA Apprentice Program. Your apprentice will receive tuition-waived classroom instruction if your company or apprentice has paid Delaware State Income Tax.

We discussed the requirement to have a journeyperson/mechanic (skilled staff) on site to meet ratio requirements (journeyperson to apprentices) and most importantly to provide the on-the-job training to registered apprentices.

A journeyperson/mechanic is a skilled staff person in the trade in which the apprentice is learning. They are determined by the sponsor and they may or may not have journeyperson’s papers. The office of apprenticeship does not monitor the qualifications of your journeypersons.

General – Jobseekers / Potential Registered Apprentices

There are a number of steps you can take to become a Registered Apprentice:

  1. Contact your local vocational-technical division to register for class at night. The tuition will not be waived until you are a Registered Apprentice and sponsored by an employer, but this will begin the necessary classes and you may meet other apprentices in the class that can inform you of employers who are sponsors in your area and hiring. Additionally, vocational-technical schools may have career services departments that may be able to assist you with employment with a sponsor. Contact numbers for local vocational-technical school in each county are below so you can get information on tuition, programs, and registration/class start dates.
  2. Create an account on https://joblink.delaware.gov/ and search for employers hiring employees in the field in which you would like to work. In your job search, explain to employers that you are interested in taking advantage of the State’s Registered Apprenticeship program.
  3. We have career fairs from time to time so stay connected by signing up for our newsletter and on social media by following us on Facebook and Twitter @DelawareDET.
  4. Our current sponsors are listed here, so you can connect with them and express your interest in a Registered Apprenticeship.

To become a Registered Apprentice, you must first have a job with a registered sponsor. You begin this process by applying directly with the employer, not the Delaware Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship. Our current sponsors are listed here, so you can connect with them and express your interest in a Registered Apprenticeship.

The minimum age to become a Registered Apprentice is 16 years old. The average age of a Delaware Registered Apprentice is 26.

The Office of Apprenticeship does not restrict anyone from participating in the Apprenticeship program. It would be up to your employer sponsor if you can participate in the program.

For starters, the tuition to the schools is only waived if you are a Registered Apprentice. Also, you will receive credentials at the end of your Apprenticeship program. These credentials are held to a high standard and can aid the future journeyperson to gain additional credentials and licenses. Lastly, as a Registered Apprentice, you will have a wage progression built into your training. This means, there will be no stagnate wages. As you obtain skills, you will be paid more.

Child Labor Law

Delaware’s Child Labor Act does not address at what age a minor can become an apprentice; however, Title 19 Del.Code Ch.5 § 505, states in part that “ a minor under the age of 14 years shall not be employed or permitted to work.”

The Department of Labor Office of Labor Law Enforcement maintains a set of Child Labor Law FAQs.



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