Apprenticeship is a program coordinated between labor, industry, and education to prepare individuals for a specific trade/craft or occupation. Apprenticeship is a proven method of training skilled workers through formalized on-the-job training and related instruction programs (theory). In the United States, there are approximately 950 occupations which are acquired through apprenticeship. Apprentices are registered by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training (BAT), United States Department of Labor and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Basic Standards of an Apprenticeship Program:

  • Proper supervision of training and adequate training facilities
  • An approved ratio of apprentices to skilled workers
  • A progressive wage schedule
  • A schedule of work processes
  • Provision for related instruction
  • Non-discrimination in all phases of employment and training

Apprenticeship students must maintain 2,000 hours of on-the-job training per year and attend 144 hours of related instruction per year. Arrangements for related instruction may be made by sending your registration to the main office. Applicants must be employed as an apprentice in an approved training program. Proof of apprenticeship must be presented. If you wish to take these classes while you are not working in the field, you may do so. However, you will not get hands-on training or a USDOL apprenticeship certificate.

Apprenticeship FAQ's

What is an apprenticeship program?
Registered apprenticeship is a formalized career-training program that helps companies build a skilled workforce to compete in the 21st century and meet the demands of employers competing in a global economy. It is a proven strategy that ensures quality training by combining on-the-job learning with related theoretical and practical classroom instruction to prepare exceptional workers for American industry.

How do you become an apprentice?
To become an apprentice, you must be working full time in a related field. Once employment is found contact the apprenticeship coordinator at the Monmouth County Vocational School for enrollment into the apprenticeship program.

What is the advantage of completing an apprenticeship?
Upon completion of an apprenticeship program, you will receive a nationally recognized Certificate of Completion from the United States Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship. Plus, completion of a registered apprenticeship is an excellent training model for quickly getting new employees up to speed and maximizing the skills of the current workforce.