Apprenticeship

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.

Apprenticeship Occupations

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.

  • 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.

Occupation Title

  • Arborist
  • Assembler, Electromechanical
  • Assistant Construction Manager
  • Behavioral Assistant
  • Bench Hand (Jewelry-Silver)
  • Bricklayer
  • Carpenter
  • Case Manager Specialist
  • Cement Mason
  • Child Care Development Specialist
  • Commercial Fisher
  • Community Health Nurse
  • Community Health Worker
  • Composite Technician
  • Construction Craft Laborer
  • Cook
  • Cyber Security Support Technician
  • Dock And Wharf Builder
  • Drywall Finisher
  • Dual Certified Peer Recovery Specialist & Community Health Worker
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Electrician, Maintenance
  • Electronics Technician
  • Elevator Constructor
  • Fetal Echo Ultrasound Technician
  • Financial Services Representative
  • Gas Utility Worker
  • Digital Content Producer
  • Greenskeeper
  • Hardscape Mason
  • Home Health Aide
  • In-Patient Nurse
  • Landscape Technician
  • Maritime Electronics Technician
  • Maritime Outside Machinist
  • Maritime Pipefitter & Pipe Welder Welder
  • Maritime Steel Shipfitter & Welder
  • Nurse, Licensed Practical
  • Oil Burner-Servicer & Installer
  • Operating Engineer 
  • Oyster Farm Worker
  • Painter
  • Pipefitter I & II
  • Plasterer
  • Plate Finisher
  • Plumber
  • Production Technician
  • Recovery Coach
  • Refrigeration I& II
  • Residential Wireman
  • Roofer
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Shipfitter
  • Small Scale Sustainable Farmer
  • Sprinklerfitter
  • Stonemason
  • Structural Metal Fabricator And Fitter
  • Telecommunications Technician
  • Tile Finisher
  • Tool Maker
  • Ultrasound Technologist - Breast Specialization
  • Water Systems Operation Specialist

State Apprenticeship Council

Members

  • Andrew Cortes, Chair
  • Steven Affonso
  • William Bryan
  • Joseph Caparco
  • Darche’ Hood
  • Barbara Jackson
  • Matthew Jackson
  • Michael Petit
  • Michael Sullivan
  • Stephen Osborne
  • Joseph Degnan, Assistant Director, RI Dept. of Labor & Training (Ex-Officio)

Meetings

Generally the 4th Tuesday of the month at 9:30 am

Contact

Center General Complex
1511 Pontiac Avenue,
Building 70, Cranston

Mailing Address
RI Dept. of Labor and Training, Office of Apprenticeship
P.O. Box 20247
Cranston, RI 02920-0943

Trades & Construction
Sherri Scalzo (401) 462-8536

Manufacturing, Healthcare, Technology and Other
Kasey Johnson (401) 919-5919 x 205

Inquiries about recruitment, tax credits or Workforce Development Funds
Lori.Turchetta@dlt.ri.gov

Chief of Apprenticeship
Sherri Scalzo (401) 462-8536