What is a Registered Apprenticeship Program?
A Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) is a proven model of apprenticeship that has been validated by the Department of Labor or State Apprenticeship Agency.
What is the difference between an apprenticeship and an internship?
The U.S. Department of Labor does not have an official definition of internship or externship. However, differences between internships and apprenticeships include:
- Length of Time: Internships are usually short-term (1-3 months) and apprenticeships are longer-term (1-3 years).
- Structure: Apprenticeships include a structured training plan, with a focus on mastering specific skills an employer needs to fill an occupation within their organization. Internships aren’t structured and often focus on entry-level general work experience.
- Mentorship: Apprentices receive individualized training with an experienced mentor who walks them through their entire process. Internships do not always include mentorship.
- Pay: Apprenticeships are paid experiences that often lead to full-time employment. Internships are often unpaid and may not lead to a full-time job.
- Credential: Apprenticeships lead to an industry-recognized credential. Internships typically do not lead to a credential.
- College Credit: Internship and apprenticeship experiences may both lead to college credit, although some apprenticeship programs will lead to a debt-free college degree.
What is the length of the program?
Our apprenticeships are 1-1.5 years in length. Apprentices are required to complete and document a designated number of hours, per program standards, of related technical instruction and on-the-job training.
What do I receive upon completion of a Registered Apprenticeship program?
After completion of an apprenticeship program, the apprentice earns a nationally recognized credential from the Department of Labor that is portable and stackable. Additionally, an apprentice, along with earning a paycheck throughout the apprenticeship, is also elevated to journeyworker status which leads to increased pay and upward career opportunities.
Can previous work or classroom experience be used toward the completion of an apprenticeship program?
Yes, though it may vary by program, previous work or classroom experience may be used towards the completion of an apprenticeship program.
How do I find open apprenticeship job opportunities?
You can find apprenticeship listings using the Apprenticeship Finder on Apprenticeship.gov. You can search for apprenticeships using keywords and/or location.