Registered apprenticeships have been a proven talent development strategy for decades. From industries traditionally associated with apprenticeship like construction and manufacturing, to those with an emerging interest in apprenticeships like healthcare and IT, registered apprenticeship is a high-value investment for employers and apprentices.

What is registered apprenticeship?

Registered apprenticeship is an industry-driven talent development strategy that combines on-the-job experience with formal classroom learning. It’s a proven method for rapid, right-skills development and talent retention through demonstrated employer commitment to workers. Registered apprenticeships are collaboratively developed and deployed through partnerships between employers, training and education providers, and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and are approved and registered by the U.S. DOL to ensure that skills earned by apprentices are transferrable and relevant.

With over 150,000 employers and more than 1,300 occupations, DOL registered apprenticeships have trained millions of apprentices in the nation for over 75 years. How can registered apprenticeship help your company?

How can registered apprenticeship help employers?

There are many benefits for employers who implement registered apprenticeship programs. Through registered apprenticeship, employers will:

  • Develop a highly-skilled workforce
  • Diversify your workforce
  • Improve productivity, profitability, and your bottom line
  • Reduce turnover and foster loyalty among employees
  • Receive tax credits and employee tuition benefits in participating states
  • Create customized, flexible training solutions to meet your needs
  • Build a sustainable, long-term talent pipeline for your workforce

When employers establish a registered apprenticeship program, they develop a world-class workforce and enhance their bottom line.

How does registered apprenticeship benefit apprentices?

Registered apprenticeships can be the ideal next step for recent high school, college, or university graduates, or for individuals transitioning from various career and life circumstances. As an apprentice in a registered apprenticeship program, individuals will:

  • Develop new skills in an in-demand field
  • Have a full-time job with an increasing wage
  • Receive the investment and commitment of your employers to ensure your personal and professional growth
  • Be supported by a mentor or expert in your field
  • Begin a long-term career with little or no college debt
  • Receive on-the-job, hands-on experience, while also having receiving a formal classroom learning experience
Facts about registered apprenticeship in the United States:

Registered apprenticeship has been a proven model for successful talent development for decades.

  • Since 2014, the United States has added 125,000 new apprenticeships.
  • Today, there are more than 500,000 apprentices in the United States.
  • 89% of apprentices are employed after completion of their program.
  • Apprentices earn an average starting wage of $60,000 per year.
  • On average, apprentices earn $300k more than other workers over the duration of their careers.
  • For every dollar spent on apprenticeship, employers get an average of $1.47 back in increased productivity.
What industries offer registered apprenticeship?

Though apprenticeship is traditionally associated with skilled trades and manufacturing, registered apprenticeship programs are, or can be, established in nearly any industry! Emerging apprenticeship industries, like healthcare, IT, and energy are helping to broaden how employers and workers in the U.S. understand apprentices.

There are currently over 1,000 DOL registered apprenticeship programs. Click here to visit the DOL website and explore the vast selection of occupations with apprenticeships in place.