Bridging the Classroom to Careers through Apprenticeship

Registered apprenticeship (RA) provides your students with a proven pathway to high-demand careers across every sector. Related instruction delivered in-person, online or in a hybrid method is a key required component to all RA programs. These courses - which can be delivered in high school, through Career and Technical Education center programs, or community, technical colleges or universities - help students gain critically-needed knowledge to become competent professionals in their chosen pathway and earn one or more industry-valued credentials. Secondary and post-secondary educational institutions can participate in apprenticeship by:

  • Becoming an RA sponsor, enabling local businesses to recruit your students for paid apprenticeship opportunities and/or enroll their incumbent workers and new hires into your courses for related instruction
  • Serving as a training provider, delivering industry-aligned related instruction for local existing RA programs
  • Being an intermediary, connecting students to local RA programs with recruiting, screening and testing services and even creating high-quality pre-apprenticeship programs to provide accelerated entry into a local RA program

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Resources

Guide
13 Apr 2022

Created by ApprenticeshipNC, administered through the North Carolina Community College System (NCCS), this guide provides state-informed information on philosophy and best practices for Youth Apprenticeship start-up and operation. First steps, timelines, community and industry talking points, specifications, definitions and official documentation are included, along with sample forms and materials garnered from active RA programs in the state.

Sustainability
13 Apr 2022

Guide on key sustainability factors including six “plays”—strategies, tactics, or methods leading to sustainability—with key action steps in each, drawn from technical assistance and subject matter experts working with apprenticeship stakeholders in California and nationwide.

toolkit
13 Apr 2022

Toolkit developed by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and the state's workforce system - CareerSource Florida - aimed at equipping colleges with information, tools and templates to build, register, launch and sustain a registered apprenticeship program.

Learning
13 Apr 2022

Crosswalks developed by 8 Texas community colleges (led by San Jacinto College) and 8 Registered Apprenticeship (RA) sponsors showing how USDOL Registered Apprenticeship certificates can be articulated for college course credits using the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s (THECB) Workforce Education Course Manual (WECM). The initial crosswalks developed focused on 10 craft areas: electrical, millwright/industrial maintenance/mechatronics, plumbing, pipefitting, welding, machining, carpentry, HVAC, sheet metal, and masonry. The crosswalks help in developing MOUs between community colleges and RA sponsors and align RA to college degree pathways.

USDOL Apprenticeship Training Rep
20 Jul 2022

Meet your USDOL Apprenticeship Training Rep