- Become an Apprentice
- For Employers & Sponsors
- State Apprenticeship Council
- Apprenticeship Occupations
- Forms & Resources
Registered Apprenticeship is a proven model of job preparation that combines paid on-the-job learning with related instruction to progressively increase workers’ skill levels and wages.
It is an employer-driven model that provides an effective way for employers to recruit, train and retain highly skilled workers. As an "earn and learn" strategy, Registered Apprenticeship offers job seekers immediate employment that offers advancement along a career path and a nationally-recognized credential.
The Office of Apprenticeship is responsible for:
- Registering apprenticeship programs that meet federal and state requirements
- Protecting the safety and welfare of apprentices
- Assuring the programs provide high-quality training and on-the-job mentoring
- Assuring the programs produce skilled and competent workers
- Issuing nationally-recognized and portable credentials to apprentices
- Promoting the development of new apprenticeship programs
Through our partnership with Apprenticeship RI, we are working to help employers build new apprenticeship programs in a variety of industries including healthcare, information technology, marine trades and manufacturing, with the goal of doubling the number of workers trained through apprenticeship within 5 years.
We are deepening connections between apprentices and higher education, working to create new paths through apprenticeship to earning a college degree.
Become an Apprentice
Apprenticeships are jobs. You must apply directly to the employer or sponsor for acceptance into an apprenticeship.Apprenticeship offers a path into technology, construction, healthcare, manufacturing and other industries for high potential candidates who need specific technical knowledge and experience required to access these careers. In some instances, apprenticeship is the only path to an occupational license.
What do I need to know to become an Apprentice?
Know the Occupation
Apprenticeship is a 1-5 year commitment to prepare you for a specific occupation. Explore the career before making that commitment. Talk to people in this job, research the occupation online using Labor Market Information, O*Net Online or other career sites and make sure it is a good fit for you.
Apprenticeship is for people who
- Are ready to take on the responsibilities of a job
- Like to learn by doing
- Want their education to be relevant
- Want or need to be financially self-supporting
- Do not want to take on college debt
- Are motivated to build mastery in their chosen career
Understand the Apprenticeship Program
Apprenticeship programs have core components, but every apprenticeship program will be different based on the occupation. Each Registered Apprenticeship program has Standards that outline the program and the sponsor (employer) is required to provide these to apprentices. There is also an Apprenticeship Agreement you will be asked to sign to become an apprentice. These documents will tell you:
- What you will learn on the job
- What related education is required and who will pay for it
- When and where courses are offered
- Is instruction paid or unpaid
- How many hours of paid work can be expected in the first year
- What is the wage progression schedule and how will progress be evaluated
- How much college credit will be earned for the apprenticeship and is there a path to completing a college degree
Meet with a netWORKri representative to explore support:
Applicants may be eligible for workforce development dollars for training, required tools and gear, or GI Education Benefits.
Stay on top of documentation so you don’t fall behind on completing your program. Once you are on the job, learn about how On-the-Job Learning and Education will be documented and be diligent about keeping records of your work hours and courses completed. It will be your job to provide transcripts for your completed education to your sponsor unless your sponsor is providing education in-house.
Find Apprenticeship Programs
- Building Futures
- Build RI (Construction)
- Residential Construction Job Bank
- We Make RI (Advanced Manufacturing)
- RIMTA (Marine Trades)
- Skills for RI's Future
- American Apprenticeship Finder
- RI Nursery & Landscape Association
Open Apprenticeship Opportunities
- Elevator Constructor
- Iron Workers
- Plumber and Pipefitter
- Journeyman Lineman
- Heavy Equipment Operators
- Lawn Care Specialist
- Sheetmetal Workers
- Green Jobs
- Commercial Fishing
For Employers & Sponsors
Apprenticeship programs are employer-driven models that combine on-the-job learning with related classroom instruction that increases an apprentice's skill level and wages.
For many occupations, there are model programs and instruction curricula, however, program sponsors have wide freedom to design their program to teach the occupational competencies necessary to their company. Your Apprenticeship Training Representative can provide technical assistance on program design.
Five Core Components of Registered Apprenticeship
Employer Designed and Driven: Apprenticeship starts with one or more employers with a need for a workforce with specialized skills. Apprenticeship programs are customized to each employer’s workplace expectations.
Structured On the Job Learning: Apprentices work on increasingly complex work tasks under the supervision and guidance of a mentor. Apprenticeships can be from 1 to 5 years long and are structured with milestones for apprentices to demonstrate mastery.
Job-related Education: Every apprenticeship offers at least 144 hours of education per year designed to provide foundational knowledge and reinforce skills learned on the job. Instruction is provided by a college, in-house trainer, or training vendor.
Wage Progression: Wages progress from a training wage to full occupational wage in steps as the Apprentice gains skills.
Valued Credentials: A Certificate of Apprenticeship Completion is a nationally recognized credential. Increasingly apprenticeships also include industry certifications and college credit toward a degree.
Register your program
Before you start, which of these best describes you?
- A. Looking to adopt an established program model?
- Look over the standards template on the Forms web page
- Fill out the Getting Started worksheet
- Make an appointment with your Apprenticeship Training Representative
- B. Out of state sponsor seeking to register apprentices in Rhode Island?
- You may be able to fill out the Reciprocals rather than register your program in Rhode Island.
- C. Creating an apprenticeship in a new occupation or significantly customizing your program?
- Connect with Apprenticeship RI
- Applicant has spoken to an Apprenticeship Training Representative. Please collect the information in this worksheet and schedule an appointment.
- Program standards are completed and have been signed by the applicant.
- Multi-employer programs must include a signed participating employer agreement
- Standards must include an Affirmative Action Plan and Selection Procedures if the program has more than 5 apprentices.
- Programs in licensed trades must submit a photocopy of Master's License and Photo ID.
Manage your Program
- Document your apprentices' on-the-job learning according to the outline in your standards. Use the sample monthly record book to help you.
- Document progress in related technical instruction. If your apprentice is taking all their courses from one provider, this may be a piece of cake, but completion of courses your program requires needs to go in the apprentice's folder.
- Notify the RI Office of Apprenticeship promptly of any changes in apprenticeship status. You can do notifications online.
- Decision to grant credit for previous experience/education toward fulfilling the requirements of the apprenticeship. Essentially this is an update to the Apprenticeship Agreement.
- Suspensions for any reason
- Cancellations with explanation of causes
- The Office of Apprenticeship conducts periodic quality review visits. Quality Review Checklist.
Forms and Resources
State Apprenticeship Council
- Joseph Degnan,
- Assistant Director, RI Dept. of Labor & Training
- Paul McConnell
- RI Dept. of Education
Generally the 4th Tuesday of the month at 9:30 am
- Unlocking Apprenticeship: A Strategic Plan
- State Apprenticeship Equal Opportunity Plan
- A Review of Registered Apprenticeship in Rhode Island
Apprenticeship programs can be created in any occupation where the employer has a need for skilled workers. The occupations below are examples of occupations registered in Rhode Island.
Criteria for Apprenticeable Occupations
- Customarily learned in a practical way through a structured, systematic program of on-the-job (OJT), supervised training
- Clearly identified and commonly recognized throughout an industry
- Involves manual, mechanical or technical skills and knowledge which require a minimum of 2,000 hours of OJT work experience
- Requires related instruction to supplement the OJT training
All programs that have 5 or more apprentices sponsored must have a written Affirmative Action plan and a selection procedure. It must consist of activities to equalize opportunity in apprenticeship to permit full use of the work potential of minorities and women. It should involve special efforts to identify, recruit, motivate and train potential apprentices from these groups, along with goals and timetables for increasing their participation.
Rhode Island active registered apprenticeship programs include
- Alcohol and Drug Recovery Counselor
- Biomedical Equipment Technician
- Case Manager
- CNC Machinist
- Commercial Fisher
- Community Health Nurse
- Community Health Worker
- Composite Tool and Pattern Maker
- Construction Craft Laborers
- Drywall Finisher
- Electrician, Maintenance
- Electronics Technician
- Elevator Constructor
- In-Patient Nurse
- Iron Worker
- IT Help Desk Technician
- IT Sales Associate
- IT Service Dispatcher
- Landscape Technician
- Manufacturing Worker, General
- Marine Support Service Manager
- Medical Assistant
- Medical Coder
- Musician / String Music Instructor
- Network Engineer
- Network Support Technician
- Nurse, Licensed Practical
- Oil Burner Technician
- Operating Engineer
- Pharmacy Technician
- Piclas/Painting Industrial
- Coating Lining Specialist
- Pipefitter I and II
- Pipefitter II
- Police Officer
- Production Technician
- Refrigeration Mechanic I and II
- Sheet Metal Worker I and II
- Sprinkler Fitter
- Tile Finisher
- Tool and Die Maker
- Walk-In Office hours
- Monday through Friday: 8 AM - 3:30 PM
- Or by appointment
- Center General Complex
- 1511 Pontiac Avenue, Building 70, Cranston
RI Dept. of Labor and Training, Office of Apprenticeship
P.O. Box 20247
Cranston, RI 02920-0943
- Inquiries about recruitment, tax credits or Workforce Development Funds
- LoriTurchetta (401) 462-8739