Frequently Asked Questions

Registered Apprenticeship Program

General

  • A Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) is a proven model of apprenticeship that has been validated by the Department of Labor or State Apprenticeship Agency. RAPs are known for their structure, rigor, and quality and are designed for organizations interested in receiving the DOL or state seal of approval and funding opportunities made available by DOL. 

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  • As a sponsor of a Registered Apprenticeship Program, login to the Registered Apprenticeship Partners Information Data System (RAPIDS) and navigate to the “Contact Information” tab. The contact listed with the Program Contact Type as “Sponsor” and has the checkbox “Is this the Primary Point of Contact” checked is the person who will appear as the contact on Apprenticeship.gov. To update the contact listed on Apprenticeship.gov, either add a new contact or update an existing contact with the Program Contact Type as “Sponsor” and check the box “Is this the Primary Point of Contact”.

    Note: Modifications from RAPIDS are updated on Apprenticeship.gov on the 1st and 15th of every month.

    If you prefer to have your organization removed from the Apprenticeship.gov Job and Partner Finder, view our related FAQ.

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  • As a sponsor of a Registered Apprenticeship Program, login to the Registered Apprenticeship Partners Information Data System (RAPIDS) and navigate to the “Data Sharing” tab. Check the box “Opt-Out of data sharing” and click the Save button.

    Note: Modifications from RAPIDS are updated on Apprenticeship.gov on the 1st and 15th of every month.

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  • Apprenticeship program sponsors administer and operate an apprenticeship program. To find sponsors in your area, or sponsors specialized in your desired occupation or industry, search in our Partner Finder

    The Partner Finder offers several options to find sponsors including the ability to search by need, organization name, and by state/county. When on the search by need tab, check the box labeled "I want to learn from sponsors" to view sponsors.

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  • Administering a Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) is the responsibility of the sponsor. Maintaining the program is also typically the responsibility of the sponsor, although Federal, state and local offices that support economic expansion, as well as community partners, may choose to contribute funds to help reduce the sponsor’s cost.   

    Federal workforce development funds through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) may be used to offset costs and encourage more employers to invest in RAPs, and to prepare and support workers in RAPs. Although workforce development funds are limited, employers and RAPs may be eligible to receive these funds. Actual funding decisions are made at the state and local levels.  

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  • Any employer, association, committee, or organization that operates a Registered Apprenticeship Program. This entity assumes the full responsibility for administration and operation of the apprenticeship program. Sponsors can be a single business or a consortium of businesses. Alternatively, the sponsor can be a workforce intermediary, such as an industry association or a labor-management organization. Community colleges and community-based organizations can also serve as sponsors of apprenticeship programs.

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