What is Registered Apprenticeship? Registered Apprenticeship (RA) is a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction provided under the supervision of a journey-level craft person or trade professional in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation. After completing an RA training program, the worker’s journey-level status provides an additional benefit of nationwide mobility. RA is a partnership between the apprentice, business, employers and the government that prepares American workers to compete in the global 21st century economy. What occupations are considered apprenticeable? An apprenticeable occupation is defined as a skilled trade or craft, which has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Apprenticeship (OA) and which meets applicable local criteria. Apprenticeships can be found in all industries, from traditional sectors like construction and manufacturing to emerging sectors like energy and healthcare. What are the training requirements? Apprenticeship training programs require a minimum of 2,000 hours of on-the-job training per year, supplemented by a minimum of 144 hours of related classroom instruction. Such instruction may be given in a classroom or through correspondence courses, self-study or other means of approved instruction. Apprenticeship training programs generally last from two to five years, depending on the complexity of the trade. How do I find employers who sponsor RA training programs? Approximately 16,000 employers nationwide sponsor RA training programs that enable their employees to obtain nationally recognized certification in trades and skills that can lead to rewarding careers in industries that stretch across the economic spectrum. Can I receive GI Bill benefits for participation in an RA training program? Yes! This is one of the biggest advantages of participation in RA for GI Bill-eligible Veterans. You can collect a monthly benefit payment, in addition to regular full-time wages, for the duration of the apprentice training period. The amount of GI Bill entitlement depends on your GI Bill eligibility.
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