Frequently Asked Questions

Can you explain the relationship between IRAPs and pre-apprenticeship programs?

Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Program

Pre-apprenticeships can be used as an on-ramp to IRAPs. Apprenticeship is an efficient and economical solution to give career seekers the skills they need for the jobs of today and the future, and to meet employer needs for skilled talent. Still, many individuals do not have proficiency in basic work-readiness, reading comprehension, or math skills to enter an apprenticeship program. Pre-apprenticeship programs are designed to prepare individuals for Registered Apprenticeship and IRAPs to meet current and future labor market demands while preparing individuals for well-paying careers.  

Pre-apprenticeship programs can use a variety of program designs and approaches that can be adapted to meet the needs of diverse populations (e.g., high school students, post-secondary students, out-of-school youth, and dislocated workers). Updated guidance on quality pre-apprenticeships is forthcoming.  

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