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Pre-apprenticeship services and programs are designed to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in Registered Apprenticeship programs. These programs have a documented partnership with at least one Registered Apprenticeship program sponsor and together, they expand the participant's career pathway opportunities with industry-based training coupled with classroom instruction.

What are the benefits to participants?

Pre-apprenticeship training is a great way for participants to:

  • Explore and learn about exciting careers
  • Qualify to meet the minimum standards for selection to a Registered Apprenticeship program
  • Benefit from classroom and technology-based training
  • Get a start on career-specific training with viable career pathway opportunities
  • Build your literacy, math, English, and work-readiness skills employers desire
  • Advance into a Registered Apprenticeship program

What are the benefits to Registered Apprenticeship program sponsors?

Pre-apprenticeship training is a great way for sponsors to:

  • Streamline the recruitment process
  • Pre-screen a qualified, job-ready apprentice pool
  • Recruit a diverse pool of prepared candidates
  • Align training with apprenticeship standards
  • Increase retention rates for registered apprenticeship participants
  • Improve quality control of preparatory training

How can Registered Apprenticeship program sponsors support pre-apprenticeship programs?

Sponsors can support pre-apprenticeship programs by:

  • Articulating eligibility requirements and qualifications
  • Serving on advisory committees
  • Offering guidance and expertise
  • Outlining industry standards
  • Sharing state-of-the-art technology

How can Registered Apprenticeship program sponsors collaborate with pre-apprenticeship programs?

Sponsors can collaborate with pre-apprenticeship programs by:

  • Collaborating on assessment, curriculum and preparatory training
  • Helping to set quality standards
  • Helping to establish competency models and training goals
  • Considering direct entry and advance placement agreements
  • Developing memoranda of understanding

What are quality pre-apprenticeship programs?

Quality pre-apprenticeship programs contribute to the development of a diverse and skilled workforce by preparing participants to meet the basic qualifications for entry into one or more Registered Apprenticeship programs. Through a variety of unique designs and approaches, pre-apprenticeship programs can be adapted to meet the needs of differing populations being trained, the various employers and sponsors they serve, and specific opportunities within the local labor market.

What is the pre-apprenticeship quality framework?

Pre-apprenticeship is defined by the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) as a program or set of strategies designed to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in a Registered Apprenticeship program and has a documented partnership with at least one, if not more, Registered Apprenticeship program(s). A quality pre-apprenticeship program is one that incorporates the following elements:

  • Approved Training and Curriculum. Training and curriculum based on industry standards and approved by the documented Registered Apprenticeship partner(s) that will prepare individuals with the skills and competencies needed to enter one or more Registered Apprenticeship program(s);
  • Strategies for Long-Term Success. Strategies that increase Registered Apprenticeship opportunities for under-represented, disadvantaged or low-skilled individuals, such that, upon completion, they will meet the entry requirements, gain consideration, and are prepared for success in one or more Registered Apprenticeship program(s) including the following:
    • Strong recruitment strategies focused on outreach to populations under-represented in local, state, and national Registered Apprenticeship programs;
    • Educational and pre-vocational services that prepare individuals to meet the entry requisites of one or more Registered Apprenticeship programs (e.g. specific career and industry awareness workshops, job readiness courses, English for speakers of other languages, Adult Basic Education, financial literacy seminars, math tutoring, etc. ); and
    • Assists in exposing participants to local, state and national Registered Apprenticeship programs and provides direct assistance to participants applying to those programs;
  • Access to Appropriate Support Services. Facilitates access to appropriate support services during the pre-apprenticeship program and a significant portion of the Registered Apprenticeship program;
  • Promotes Greater Use of Registered Apprenticeship to Increase Future Opportunities. To support the ongoing sustainability of the partnership between pre-apprenticeship providers and Registered Apprenticeship sponsors, these efforts should collaboratively promote the use of Registered Apprenticeship as a preferred means for employers to develop a skilled workforce and to create career opportunities for individuals;
  • Meaningful Hands-On Training that Does Not Displace Paid Employees. Provides hands-on training to individuals in a simulated lab experience or through volunteer opportunities, when possible, neither of which supplants a paid employee but accurately simulates the industry and occupational conditions of the partnering Registered Apprenticeship sponsor(s) while observing proper supervision and safety protocols; and