What is Registered Apprenticeship?

Registered Apprenticeship programs assume the basic apprenticeship model of paid on-the-job training and classroom instruction and provide additional rigor, standards, and quality set by the New York State Department of Labor. These standards are recognized by the United States Department of Labor making them nationally recognized programs.

Benefits of Registered Apprenticeship: Full-time job where your pay starts from day one, and increases as you learn new skills. Hands-on career training in a wide selection of advanced manufacturing occupations. An education and the potential to earn college credit. Completing a Registered Apprenticeship puts you well on your way to a successful long-term career with a competitive salary, and a little or no educational debt. Nationally recognized Journeywork credential upon completion of your Registered Apprenticeship. Lastly, Part of a network of companies and apprentices across the country that have registered Apprenticeship programs.













What is Pre Apprenticeship?

Pre-Apprenticeship programs are designed to prepare individuals to enter employment with companies that have Registered Apprenticeship programs. These programs work to provide individuals new to an industry, the tools and skills to move along a career pathway that leads to a Registered Apprenticeship program. A quality pre-apprenticeship contains the following core components as outlined by the United States Department of Labor:

  • Approved training and curriculum
  • Access to support services
  • Meaningful hands-on training
  • Partnership with one or more Registered Apprenticeship sponsors
  • Industry-recognized credential

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The  AAI of WNY is funded by a $2.9 million grant awarded to United Way of Buffalo & Erie County 

by the US Department of Labor,  Employment and Training Administration. The content of this publication 

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