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:
Training that is based on industry standards and approved by a RAP partner
Hands-on training or volunteer opportunities that do not displace paid employees
Agreements with RAP sponsors that allow program participants to enter directly into a RAP
Recruit and prepare underrepresented populations to be successful in a RAP. learn more about Diversity and Inclusion
Wrap-around services or referrals to help participants complete the program (e.g childcare, transportation)
Collaboratively promote Registered Apprenticeship to other employers
Consider the Benefits of Pre-Apprenticeship
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.
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.
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.
Attracted more diverse candidates, increased efficiency by 50%, and raised retention rates.
URBAN TECHNOLOGY PROJECT
Increased employment of disabled workers.
CHICAGO WOMEN IN TRADES
40% of participants were women and 90% were people of color, exceeding national averages.