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Apprenticeship System Overview

Apprenticeship programs in the State of Connecticut are administered by the Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship Training. Skilled consultants provide technical assistance, monitoring, and consulting services to qualified employers willing to take on the responsibilities and obligations of program sponsorship.

Apprenticeship, in simple terms, is a program of "learning while earning." Unlike other vocational training, which is held in a school setting, apprenticeship is based solidly on an employer-employee relationship. The apprentice employee has voluntarily entered into a mutual agreement with an employer regarding training. It can thus be perceived that employment and training are interrelated. Apprenticeship can be seen as part of the "conditions of work."

Apprenticeable areas are in occupations requiring a wide and diverse range of skills and knowledge, as well as a high level of maturity, reliability, and judgment. Additionally, they are clearly identified and commonly recognized as separate and distinct trades requiring broad skills applicable throughout the industry. To paraphrase an old cliché, we are talking about "the Butcher, the Baker, the Tool and Die Maker." In the apprenticeship system, proficiency in the job is known as "journeyperson status." A journeyperson has well-rounded ability in all phases of each trade and requires a minimum of supervision. For the most part, the day-to-day training of an apprentice rests upon the journeyperson who in turn conducts training under guidelines set forth by the employer. These guidelines conform with State and Federal standards. The Apprenticeship Index gives more detailed information on apprenticeable trades.

Firms who train apprentices in the manufacturing trades may be eligible for a credit against their corporate taxes per Public Act 95-284. Other less tangible, but no less important, advantages to participation in registered apprenticeship include: a dependable source of trained workers; a cost effective method of training (apprentices produce while they learn); reduced turnover (apprentices know they have jobs with a future); improved labor relations; public recognition for your company's participation in the program; and, in the case of the licensed trades, the ability to hire other than licensed journeypersons.

For further information, please contact the Office of Apprenticeship Training.


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