Joining an apprenticeship program

Join an Existing Program

How Can an Intermediary Assist You?

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Download our Registered Apprenticeship Industry Intermediaries Fact Sheet to learn more.


When you join an existing program, you create a program that leverages an existing framework most commonly established by an intermediary. The apprentice will work for you, but the overall operation of your apprenticeship program is managed by the intermediary organization. This provides you, the employer, the flexibility of getting started almost immediately.

What is an Intermediary?

An intermediary provides industry and/or occupation-specific expertise to support employers in a particular industrial sector, coordinate partner responsibilities, provide program administration to aggregate demand for apprentices, particularly for small and medium-sized employers that may not have the capacity to operate programs on their own, and assist with instruction and supportive services. Examples of intermediaries include:

  • Industry Associations and Business Organizations
  • Community and Technical Colleges
  • Non-Profit and Community-Based Organizations
  • Labor Management Partnerships
  • Workforce Development Boards

Partnering with an Intermediary

Intermediary services are highly customizable depending on the unique needs and preferences of employers they work with. Below is quick overview of some of the common roles that intermediaries play. Ultimately, intermediaries have the expertise to bring a program to scale for one or multiple employers.

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Accelerate program creation

Leverage their diverse expertise, networks, and resources to fast-track to program development.

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Provide technical assistance

Guide employers through the design and administrative tasks required to start an apprenticeship program.

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Streamline Administration

Support employers with recruiting and screening candidates, developing curriculum and training, and more.

Ready to Join an Existing Program?

To get started, use our Partner Finder to connect with an Intermediary in your industry by selecting the option "I want to join a program".