Explore Pre-Apprenticeship

What is a Pre-Apprenticeship Program?

Pre-Apprenticeship is a program or set of strategies that is designed to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in a Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP).

What are the Elements of a Quality Pre-Apprenticeship Program?

Quality pre-apprenticeship programs can play a valuable role in providing work-based learning to help people prepare for an entry-level RAP. While Pre-Apprenticeship programs have varied designs and approaches, the Department of Labor has outlined the elements of a quality pre-apprenticeship program that can place an individual on the potential career pathway to employability though a RAP:

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APPROVED CURRICULUM

Training that is based on industry standards and approved by a RAP partner

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SIMULATED EXPERIENCE

Hands-on training or volunteer opportunities that do not displace paid employees

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FACILITATED ENTRY

Agreements with RAP sponsors that allow program participants to enter directly into a RAP

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INCREASED DIVERSITY

Recruit and prepare underrepresented populations to be successful in a RAP. learn more about Diversity and Inclusion

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SUPPORTIVE SERVICES

Wrap-around services or referrals to help participants complete the program (e.g childcare, transportation)

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SUSTAINABLE PARTNERSHIPS

Collaboratively promote Registered Apprenticeship to other employers

Consider the Benefits of Pre-Apprenticeship

Employers

Save time and money: Pre-Apprenticeship programs provide pre-screened, ready-to-work employees who have been trained in the specific skills employers need. Find partners to help design your program.

Educators

Many successful Pre-Apprenticeship programs are housed at high schools and community colleges because they offer hands-on learning opportunities for students. Learn more about how apprenticeship boosts education

Career Seekers

A Pre-Apprenticeship program can help you prepare for the apprenticeship that's right for you. Read more about the federal Pre-Apprenticeship programs YouthBuild and Job Corps or search our Partner Finder to see sponsors that may offer a Pre-Apprenticeship program.

Case Studies

The U.S. Department of Labor believes in the benefits that pre-apprenticeship programs can offer employers, educators and individuals who are seeking a career change. The following real-life case studies serve as examples of pre-apprenticeships across various industries and occupations and the impact they are having in our communities.

Healthcare

CVS HEALTH

Attracted more diverse candidates, increased efficiency by 50%, and raised retention rates.

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Information Technology

URBAN TECHNOLOGY PROJECT

Increased employment of disabled workers.

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CHICAGO WOMEN IN TRADES

40% of participants were women and 90% were people of color, exceeding national averages.

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