ABOUT REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIP FOR
JOB SEEKERS

Build a workforce through partnering or sponsoring
the Registered Apprenticeship Program.

GET PAID
TO LEARN

Registered Apprenticeship is an employment and training program where job seekers earn wages while learning a skilled profession in a specific field, such as construction, health care, or culinary arts. Registered Apprenticeship combines classroom studies with on-the-job training supervised by a skilled employee.

Much like a college education, it takes several years to become fully trained in an occupation. Unlike college, apprentices earn a paycheck and gain valuable work experience while they learn. Beginners in the program make less money than skilled workers, but they progress with regular wage increases.

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BASIC
INFORMATION

Registered Apprenticeship requires an employer/employee relationship.  The sponsor must have a position opening, and individual sponsors select the apprentices.

Minimum age requirements differ by industry, although the typical minimum age is 18 years.  Apprentices complete one to six years of paid, supervised, work-based training and technical instruction. Apprenticeship length varies based on the occupation, and should be considered completed when the apprentice performs at the highest skill levels in their professions.

WHY CHOOSE
REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIP?

Registered Apprenticeship provides real skills for real careers. Today’s carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and advanced manufacturing workers were yesterday's apprentices. Tomorrow's computer programmers, educational assistants, and healthcare providers may be current apprentices in the Registered Apprenticeship program.

Registered Apprenticeship opportunities from experienced professionals are limitless. From advanced manufacturing or construction to energy or healthcare, there is an industry and occupation to suit everyone.

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DO YOU WANT
HIGHER WAGES?

Registered Apprenticeship leads skilled workers to earn higher wages than unskilled workers. Graduates of the program typically advance more rapidly and can move into supervisory positions within a few years.

Upon completion of an apprenticeship, workers are awarded a Completion of Apprenticeship certificate, which is valid anywhere in the United States. The certificate demonstrates the knowledge and skills needed for successful performance as a professional. Many apprentices obtain credit from participating community and technical colleges toward an Associate Degree.

Registered Apprenticeship Programs are
Equal Employment Opportunity Providers

Registered Apprenticeship is distinctly different from other public workforce investment system programs because it is not a social program.  Registered Apprenticeship is driven, developed, operated, and primarily funded by business and industry.

With KANSASWORKS.com, job seekers can identify Registered Apprenticeship opportunities and search for open positions through a keyword search for "Apprenticeship.”  These positions will be flagged, highlighted, and easily identified with a red 'RA.’

KANSASWORKS.com brings you one step closer to finding a job that fits you. The rest is up to you.

READY TO SIGN UP?

 STEP

01

Identify a desired trade or occupation.

 STEP

02

Locate an employer offering the trade or occupation in the RA program.

 STEP

03

Contact the prospective employer.

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04

Share your story with KANSASWORKS.

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READY TO SIGN UP?

 STEP

01

Identify a desired trade or occupation.

 STEP

02

Locate an employer offering the trade or occupation in the RA program.

 STEP

03

Contact the prospective employer.

 STEP

04

Share your story with KANSASWorks.

SELECT THE BUTTON BELOW TO GET STARTED

GENERAL INFORMATION

Registered Apprenticeship combines employment, practical experience, and related technical instruction through education, online instruction, and mentoring. At the center of every experience is the relationship between the employee and the employer. An employer becomes a Registered Apprenticeship Sponsor by developing and registering the Standards of Apprenticeship with the Kansas Apprenticeship Council.

Program participation is based on the employer having: an approved Registered Apprenticeship program, open apprentice positions, and mentor(s) / journeyworker(s) to oversee the apprentice.

Please Note: Not all apprenticeable occupations are available in Kansas. Please visit KANSASWORKS for information on Registered Apprenticeship sponsors hiring in Kansas.

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GENERAL
REQUIREMENTS

  • Registered Apprenticeship program sponsors identify the minimum qualifications required for application to their Registered Apprenticeship program. 
  • The eligible starting age can be no less than 16 years of age; however, individuals must usually be 18 to be an apprentice in hazardous occupations. 
  • Program sponsors may also identify additional minimum qualifications and credentials to apply, e.g. education, ability to physically perform the essential functions of the occupation, proof of age. 
  • All applicants are required to meet the minimum qualifications. 
  • Based upon the sponsor's selection method, additional qualification standards may be identified, e.g. fair aptitude tests and interviews, school grades, and previous work experience.