What is an Apprenticeship?

Registered Apprenticeship

  • An Apprenticeship is a proven training program that is used as a talent development strategy for recruiting, training and retaining World-Class talent and has been used in industry for decades.  Apprenticeship are registered and validated by the U.S. Department of Labor.  
  • Apprenticeships are a work-based learning model where apprentices have supervised on-the-job training, along with job-related education, all while earning a wage that increases during the progression of the program.
  • Apprenticeship programs are full time positions with an employer.

Youth Apprenticeship

Youth apprenticeship is a learning system that prepares students for work by giving them a combination of classroom instruction and paid on-the-job training. In this education model, students obtain a set of well-defined occupational abilities by learning concepts in the classroom and applications in a work setting. This program is designed for individuals age 16 to 24 and is part of a Registered Apprenticeship program.  A youth apprenticeship can be either a full time or part time and is a paid position. 


A pre-apprenticeship program is coursework or training designed to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in a registered apprenticeship program. Once the participant completes the pre-apprenticeship program, he or she typically has the opportunity to interview for a registered apprenticeship program.  A pre-apprenticeship program, by definition, has a documented partnership with at least one Registered Apprenticeship program. Pre-apprenticeships are not paid positions and should not be confused with a youth apprenticeship program.

Online training Toolkit:

A Quick-Start Toolkit: Building Registered Apprenticeship Programs (PDF)