You’re ready to create your apprenticeship program! Now what?

We’ve gathered some information and useful links to help you create a successful apprenticeship program.

Set Clear Goals and Objectives

Define what success will look like and create measurable goals. Determine if you will measure one or more of the following or utilize an entirely different metric(s):

  • Has your team increased productivity?
  • Did you fill a skills gap or hole?
  • Has your jobsite experienced increased safety?

Develop Your Curriculum

To help your inexperienced candidates and those you would like to help achieve journey-level status, build their skills progressively. Your program can include:

  • Classroom instruction
  • On-the-job training
  • Constructive feedback from experienced mentors
  • Official certification exams that lead to a credential

Choose Qualified Mentors

A strong workforce requires strong leadership. Apprentices need qualified mentors who are:

  • Experienced
  • Patient
  • Good communicators able to give constructive feedback
  • Respectful of diverse backgrounds and learning styles
  • Familiar with the company and its processes

Register for Nationally Recognized Credentials

Registered apprenticeship programs lead to industry-recognized credentials and offer access to:

  • Federal resources
  • Tax incentives
  • Training grants
  • Technical assistance

On-the-job learning in a registered apprenticeship program typically leads to a journey-level credential in the trade. This not only benefits the apprentice but also helps your company. 

Offer Competitive Compensation

A competitive package is crucial and should include:

  • Fair compensation
  • Competency-based pay
  • A clear career pathway

Research industry standards to determine a fair and competitive apprentice pay structure. Competency-based pay rewards apprentices for their skills and progress and encourages them to continue developing their skills.

Find The Right Candidates for Your Apprenticeship

When recruiting apprentices, look for candidates who are:

  • Motivated to learn
  • Can take direction and feedback
  • Are reliable and punctual
  • Can work independently and with a team
  • Are committed to the program

Ask about their long-term career goals and ensure they fit your company’s culture well.