Apprenticeship is a program coordinated between labor,
industry, and education to prepare individuals for a
specific trade/craft or occupation. Apprenticeship is a
proven method of training skilled workers through
formalized on-the-job training and related instruction
programs (theory). In the United States, there are
approximately 950 occupations which are acquired
through apprenticeship. Apprentices are registered by
the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training (BAT), United
States Department of Labor and the New Jersey
Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
Basic Standards of an Apprenticeship Program:
- Proper supervision of training and adequate training facilities
- An approved ratio of apprentices to skilled workers
- A progressive wage schedule
- A schedule of work processes
- Provision for related instruction
- Non-discrimination in all phases of employment and training
Apprenticeship students must maintain 2,000 hours of
on-the-job training per year and attend 144 hours of
related instruction per year. Arrangements for related
instruction may be made by sending your registration to
the main office. Applicants must be employed as an
apprentice in an approved training program. Proof of
apprenticeship must be presented. If you wish to take
these classes while you are not working in the field,
you may do so. However, you will not get hands-on
training or a USDOL apprenticeship certificate.
What is an apprenticeship program?
Registered apprenticeship is a formalized career-training program that helps
companies build a skilled workforce to compete in the 21st century and meet
the demands of employers competing in a global economy. It is a proven
strategy that ensures quality training by combining on-the-job learning with
related theoretical and practical classroom instruction to prepare exceptional
workers for American industry.
How do you become an apprentice?
To become an apprentice, you must be working full time in a related field.
Once employment is found contact the apprenticeship coordinator at the
Monmouth County Vocational School for enrollment into the apprenticeship
What is the advantage of completing an apprenticeship?
Upon completion of an apprenticeship program, you will receive a nationally
recognized Certificate of Completion from the United States Department of
Labor Office of Apprenticeship. Plus, completion of a registered
apprenticeship is an excellent training model for quickly getting new
employees up to speed and maximizing the skills of the current workforce.