Developing an Apprenticeship Program

September 26, 2016

Historically, an apprentice was someone who assisted a master craftsman and learned his trade by helping and observing. In modern times, this has expanded to include anyone that engages in on-the-job and classroom training to learn a skill or craft. This is usually a formal program that is established by an educational institution or government agency, but can also be an informal program that you organize in your own small business. An apprentice is normally paid a fair wage commensurate with their education and experience.

The goal of a structured apprenticeship program is to enable employers to teach applicable industry standards and practices and to achieve improved quality and productivity. Registered programs allow the participants to earn certifications that are recognized within their state or nationwide. This entitles the apprentice to immediate acceptance by the industry as a skilled journeyman. Many apprenticeships feature incentives and wage structures designed to attract and retain the trainees once they have completed the program.

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