Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs) are often called “Earn & Learn” programs as they provide low or no-cost career training for people interested in high waged and high-demand jobs in many industries including manufacturing, health care, information technology, and construction. RAPs combine paid On-the-Job Training (OJT) with a program of instruction called Related Training (RT).
To help with your research about different occupations in the trades here are some helpful resources:
Every Registered Apprenticeship Program is steered by a local committee comprised of equal numbers of employees and workers. These Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committees (JATCs) are responsible for oversight of the apprenticeship training program, including the application process. Typically, an application will ask about previous education and training, work experience, industry certifications and related volunteer experiences. You may even score points for having a valid driver’s license or commercial driver’s license, high school diploma and related coursework in high school. Some programs require a math test too. Applications are scored and ranked for a possible interview with the JATC. The more points you earn on your application, the more likely you will be invited to interview for an apprentice position.
It’s important to know which documents will be required compared to what is recommended for your Application Packet. A good rule-of thumb is to look at the specific apprenticeship posting to know exactly what’s required of you. Generally you should expect to provide the following:
Possible additional documents:
PRO TIP: A letter of recommendation is a great supporting document that can help demonstrate your past experience and highlight your strengths. Reach out to current or former colleagues and ask if they would be willing to support you with a letter of recommendation. Some apprenticeship programs may require proof of past employment, which is usually a document on company letterhead from a past employer outlining your experience and timeline of work.
As an apprentice, you won’t be expected to know how to do everything right away. You’ll learn on the job, but having certain experiences or qualifications beforehand can help you stand out on your application.
After you’ve carefully reviewed the requirements for your application and compiled all necessary documentation, it’s time to submit your application for apprenticeship! Application submissions and deadlines can vary by program. Carefully review the application deadline and procedure to see if your application should be submitted in person, by mail, or online/email.
Most registered apprenticeship programs have an interview component to their hiring process. An interview is a great opportunity to market yourself for the position. Make sure not to make common mistakes that could hurt your chances at landing the apprenticeship.
Members of a local Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) interview top scoring applicants. Do your research ahead of time – learning as much as you can about the industry and what the type of work involves will help you feel prepared.
Apprenticeship employers share they specifically look for individuals who are dependable, have a strong work ethic, and have related job experience. In addition, they like to see education courses in math, and career technical courses that are related to the occupation.
Narrow down your top apprenticeship choices and look at the Apprenticeship Application Point System for your trade occupation to help determine how you can build the strength of your apprenticeship application.
Although Pre-apprenticeship can be helpful, it’s not required (and often not necessary) to become a Registered Apprentice. Pre-apprenticeships may be a good fit for individuals who