American Apprenticeship training is distinguished from other types of workplace training by several factors:
- Participants who are newly hired (or already employed) earn wages from employers during training
- Programs must meet national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor (or federally-recognized state apprenticeship agencies)
- Programs provide on-the-job learning and job-related technical instruction
- On-the-job learning is conducted in the work setting under the direction of one or more of the employer’s personnel
- Training results in an industry-recognized credential
U.S. Department of Labor maintains a number of web-based resources including technical assistance products including the Quick Start Toolkit, which provides helpful steps and resources to start and register an apprenticeship program as well as the Federal Resources Playbook, which provides information on using federal funds and resources to support a registered apprenticeship program.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, February 6, 2015