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Still wondering if an Apprenticeship Program could benefit your business? Read how.

OWINN is strong proponent of apprenticeships and is actively working with businesses throughout the state to create more opportunities for employers and job seekers. If you are interested in developing a Registered Apprenticeship program for your company, please reach out directly to OWINN. (email link

How to Build a Registered Apprenticeship Program

Registered Apprenticeship (RA) is gaining traction nationally in helping employers address the talent gap many are facing in diverse fields across sectors and occupations. With over 1,000 apprenticeable occupations available, many sectors are leveraging apprenticeships to deepen their workforce talent, while benefiting the apprentice themselves by allowing them to earn-and-learn and obtain a credential of value.

Registered Apprenticeship is a workforce development tool that simply puts a formalized framework around what many employers are already doing. The elements of a Registered Apprenticeship Program include:

  1. Job openings- an apprenticeship program begins with openings, either current or anticipated, that you have and have had trouble finding qualified applicants for;
  2. Knowledge- providing training (related technical instruction) allows for you to train the applicants you get to best practices and appropriate work processes for your company;
  3. Experience- providing opportunities for application of the learned knowledge through structured on-the-job training, based on your job descriptions;
  4. Merit-based pay increase- providing a progressive wage increase as apprentices meet job performance milestones (workers begin below average pay of a fully qualified position and work their way up to that hourly average); and
  5. National occupational credential- a promotion to a new title when an apprentice completes solidifying them as a completed apprentice and fully competent at the occupational level.


The following is a list of responsibilities of the Sponsor of a US DOL Registered Apprenticeship (RA) program. OWINN can assist in any stage of the process. The sponsor can be an employer, or an intermediary acting on behalf of an employer or group of employers. The sponsor can register and operate its RA programs state-by-state, and/or can register and operate them at a national level. Although overall responsibility remains with the RA Sponsor, the breadth and depth of each of the responsibilities can be shared and delegated to other entities participating in the RA program (e.g. – employers, education providers).