Employer-Driven Apprenticeships

Registered Apprenticeship is employer-driven, highly-flexible, company-specific training.

Registered Apprenticeships are helping more than 225,000 employers equip the workforce. Apprentices learn while they work and gain the skills that are critical for your business or industry. Not only does it prepare a new workforce, it's an efficient way to prepare for the increasing shortfall due to employee retirements.  Include a mentoring component with a Registered Apprenticeship to ensure apprentices are able to glean company-specific wisdom from those who have spent years in service to the employer.

Registered Apprenticeship can help address your workforce challenges if you answer "yes" to any of these questions: 

  • Do you have Jobs for which it is difficult to find workers with the right skills?
  • Does your company have positions with high turnover?
  • Do you have occupations where a highly-skilled workforce is retiring soon?
  • Do you struggle with the challenge of helping workers keep pace with industry and technology advances?
  • Does your company have difficulty attracting new and diverse talent pools?

Benefits for Employers

  • Company-specific training. Customized to meet company needs and specifications.
  • Increased employee retention. Employer investment in training results in workforce loyalty.
  • Emphasis on safety training. May reduce your workers' compensation costs.
  • Clear and consistent career pathway. Career development of qualified workers.
  • National recognition. Training program and success stories acknowledged by industry counterparts.
  • Structured, flexible training program.  Ensures employees are trained and certified to produce at the highest occupation skill levels required. 

Apprenticeship programs can be customized to meet the needs of business and the skills of apprentices.

  • Time-based:  A time-based occupation requires a minimum of 2,000 hours, which includes an outline of the specific work processes and the approximate time requirement for each individual work process under that occupation.
  • Competency-based: The competency-based approach measures skill acquisition through the individual apprentice’s successful demonstration of acquired skills and knowledge, as verified by the program sponsor. Programs utilizing this approach must still require apprentices to complete an on-the-job learning component of Registered Apprenticeship. The program standards must address how on-the-job learning will be integrated into the program, describe competencies, and identify an appropriate means of testing and evaluation for such competencies.
  • Hybrid (time and competency): The hybrid approach measures the individual apprentice’s skill acquisition through a combination of specified minimum number of hours of on-the-job learning and the successful demonstration of competency as described in a work process schedule.

    The determination of the appropriate approach for the program standards is made by the program sponsor, subject to approval by the Registration Agency of the determination as appropriate to the apprenticeable occupation for which the program standards are registered.


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Contact us for more information:

Apprenticeship Coordinator
Jeanna Caldwell

U.S. Dept. of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship
Missouri State Apprenticeship Director
Neil Perry