What Is Pre-Apprenticeship?
Pre-apprenticeships are programs designed to combine academic and technical classroom instruction with work experience through a Registered Apprenticeship Program.
Pre-Apprenticeship Program Requirements
- Follows the same structure as an Apprenticeship program
- In some cases, allows for part-time employment
- Includes a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between employer and partner
- Offers training specific to a particular career
- In some instances, certifications are earned
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development offers employers the opportunity to review practices to determine if working conditions at a facility are conducive to employing minors in a pre-apprenticeship program. A consultant from the Department’s Labor Standards Unit will visit a facility and complete an assessment of working conditions. Following Tennessee law, the consultant will work with an employer to ensure an allowable safe working environment.
Prior to the assessment, the employer will work with the Office of Apprenticeships to compile the following information:
- Course Curriculum for apprenticeship program (welding, chef, etc.)
- Description of job duties
- List of all equipment that will be used
- PPE / HAZCOM training requirements
- Department of Education - forms to be completed by the student
○ Hazardous Occupation Exemption Form
○ Work-based Learning Insurance & Emergency Information
○ Work-based Learning Agreement
○ Work-based Learning Safety Log
If the company has a Registered Apprenticeship Program, and employs sixteen- to eighteen-year-olds in a Pre-Apprenticeship program, then the minors are exempt from the child labor laws. Companies are required to maintain documentation of the Pre-Apprenticeship and provide proof the minors are enrolled in the program if inspected.
Child Labor Law Overview
The purpose of the WBL Child Labor Overview is to provide WBL coordinators, school and district administrators, students, parents, and employers with the most pertinent Child Labor Act information associated with minors enrolled in WBL courses. For general information, view the Work-Based Learning (WBL) Child Labor Law Overview (PDF).
Click below to review instructions for a Tennessee Certified Pre-Apprenticeship Application.
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Nashville, Tennessee 37243
Applications will be accepted electronically as complete documents to Apprenticeship.firstname.lastname@example.org. Partial submissions will not be reviewed by the Apprenticeship TN Office (AO).
All Tennessee Certified Pre-Apprenticeship programs must have an articulated agreement or signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a Registered Apprentice Program (RAP). The memorandum of understanding (MOU) must outline the pre-apprenticeships training curriculum.
Applications for certification must demonstrate the program to be reviewed meets all the criteria associated with high-quality pre-apprenticeship programs.
1. Information about the applicant
All applications must include the information outlined by the cover letter and checklist.
Required information includes point of contact information, including the following:
○ the organization name,
The application should also include the following:
○ the organization’s experience with technical training,
2. Program cost information
Applicants must disclose and detail the necessity of any costs associated with the program, which might be the responsibility of the pre-apprentice to pay as well as any plans for removing cost as a barrier to participation (one-page limit).
3. Commitment to non-discrimination in training
The Tennessee certified pre-apprenticeship program will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in pre-apprenticeships and will operate the pre-apprenticeship program as required for registered apprenticeships under title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 30 and will be expected to monitor their programs to ensure equitable access and participation. The Apprenticeship TN office will review demographic data on program participants and completers when a program applies as part of the determination for re-certification. The certified pre-apprenticeship program will not discriminate against pre-apprenticeship applicants or pre-apprentices based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, genetic information, or because they are an individual with a disability or a person 40 years old or older.
Access to Appropriate Support Services is critical. Please describe what access to educational, career counseling, and other supportive services, directly or indirectly, are offered. Applicants must describe the career counseling and other supportive services being provided to participants. If the applicant is not directly providing the services to participants, this section must include the name, contact information, and qualifications of the third-party providing the services. All third-party providers must follow the same requirements for registered apprenticeships under title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 30 for non-discrimination (two-page limit).
4. If applicable, include the following:
Information regarding meaningful hands-on learning activities such as career exploration and understanding how the skills acquired through coursework can be applied toward future careers.
Please provide information explaining the hands-on training that will be provided (the type and extent of hands-on learning activities and other types of skill training provided to participants) (two-page limit).
5. If applicable, describe opportunities to attain at least one industry-recognized credential.
For the purposes of certification, the Apprenticeship TN office will recognize programs providing credit towards a National Certificate of Apprenticeship as an “opportunity to attain at least one industry-recognized credential.” Applicants must list any other industry-recognized credentials offered to participants and explain how participants will be afforded the opportunity to gain those additional credentials (two-page limit).
6. Please explain the strategies for long-term success of the program (two-page limit).
7. A partnership with one or more Registered Apprenticeship programs that assists in placing individuals who complete the pre-apprenticeship program into Registered Apprenticeship programs.
Applicants must submit a signed articulated agreement (AKA: Memorandum of Understanding or MOU) from the sponsor of a USDOL registered apprenticeship program.
The MOU with the employer must include the following:
○ the training curriculum,
The letter of support must explicitly identify the amount and type of credit a pre-apprenticeship program completer will earn if they later join the registered apprenticeship program and how that prior credit will be applied. The MOU should specify the process by which the apprenticeship sponsor will grant a pre-apprenticeship completer credit.
Credit may come in the form of the following:
○ prior learning credit counted towards completion of related technical instruction and/or
1. The State’s AO will review each application and determine if all required Pre-Apprenticeship elements are established.
a. All Pre-Apprenticeship programs will be required to provide information on apprentices for tracking purposes to the Apprenticeship TN Office (AO).
b. All Pre-Apprenticeship programs will send the required notifications by email to Apprenticeship.email@example.com for any additional employer articulation agreements within 30 days of the agreement date.
2. Failure to provide requested notices, submit annual questionnaire responses, or provide pre-apprentice information to the AO will result in loss of certification status.
3. To maintain an effective and compliant Pre-Apprenticeship Program, the AO will conduct monitoring on an annual basis, at a minimum. This monitoring will allow the AO to identify potential compliance issues, track the progress of completers, and track hiring rates. The annual monitoring will include issuing an annual notification with a questionnaire. This questionnaire will allow Certified Pre-Apprenticeship programs to provide any curriculum changes and reasons for those changes. The notification will also serve as an “Intent to Continue” as a Certified Pre-Apprenticeship program. All certified programs will be required to respond to an annual reporting questionnaire. All notifications and submission of questionnaires will be conducted through email, Apprenticeship.firstname.lastname@example.org.