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Youth
Apprenticeship

YOUTH REGISTERED
APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
MODEL

Youth Registered Apprenticeship is a work-based learning opportunity that helps students develop academic and workplace skills and prepare them for post-secondary education opportunities and careers. Youth apprentices receive paid, on-the-job training along with supplemental technical instruction designed to meet high school graduation requirements. Youth programs are developed to create a clear pathway to full-time employment in a Registered Apprenticeship program.

Youth Registered Apprenticeship is a competency-based program. Students work for an employer part-time between 5 to 18 hours each week. On-the-Job-Learning is pathway-focused and based on the specific goals of the employer, student, and high school.

Program Eligibility

● Be a junior, senior or graduating senior and/or private secondary school or an approved program leading to high school graduation (GED, home- based program or charter school).
● Student must be at least 16 years of age to become an apprentice.
● Student must be willing and able to commit to fully complete the competency-based program.
● Student must demonstrate and maintain academic
readiness and responsibility.
● Apprentice will be required to complete Kansas
WORKREADY skills assessment & testing.

REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIP AND CHILD LABOR LAWS

Fair Labor Standards Act Factsheet: Information for Interns and Students Working for For-profit Employers

Federal and State Employment Standards for HAZARDOUS OCCUPATIONS contain LIMITED EXEMPTIONS for 16 and 17-year-old apprentices. Exemptions apply when employed under the

following conditions:
1. The student-learner (youth apprentice) is enrolled as an apprentice and employed in a craft recognized as a DOL apprenticeable trade that encompasses approved educational training.

2. The student-learner (youth apprentice) is employed under a written agreement which provides; that the work of the student-learner is incidental to his training; that such work shall be intermittent, for short periods of time, and under the direct and close supervision of a qualified and experienced person; with on-the-job training; and that a schedule of organized and progressive work processes to be performed on the job have been prepared; all which will be encompassed in the Sponsor’s Boilerplate Standard of their Registered Apprenticeship program.

3. Written Apprenticeship Agreements will contain the name of the student-learner, and is signed by the employer and by a person authorized to represent the educational authority or school.

4. Copies of the Boiler Plate Standards and Apprenticeship Agreements are kept on file by both the educational authority or school and by the employer.

REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIP AND CHILD LABOR LAWS

Fair Labor Standards Act Factsheet: Information for Interns and Students Working for For-profit Employers

Factsheet

Federal and State Employment Standards for HAZARDOUS OCCUPATIONS contain LIMITED EXEMPTIONS for 16 and 17-year-old apprentices. Exemptions apply when employed under the

following conditions:
1. The student-learner (youth apprentice) is enrolled as an apprentice and employed in a craft recognized as a DOL apprenticeable trade that encompasses approved educational training.

2. The student-learner (youth apprentice) is employed under a written agreement which provides; that the work of the student-learner is incidental to his training; that such work shall be intermittent, for short periods of time, and under the direct and close supervision of a qualified and experienced person; with on-the-job training; and that a schedule of organized and progressive work processes to be performed on the job have been prepared; all which will be encompassed in the Sponsor’s Boilerplate Standard of their Registered Apprenticeship program.

3. Written Apprenticeship Agreements will contain the name of the student-learner, and is signed by the employer and by a person authorized to represent the educational authority or school.

4. Copies of the Boiler Plate Standards and Apprenticeship Agreements are kept on file by both the educational authority or school and by the employer.

How to Build
A Youth
Program

STEPS

Assess

What are the needs of your learning community? What
career pathways and skills are most in-demand in your
community? What barriers exist between students and
opportunities to gain those skills? What businesses are
willing to partner with your students?

Build

A support network that implements and adapts
registered apprenticeship programs that includes
boards, faculty, staff, and industry partners.

Register

with the Kansas Office of Apprenticeship Program to design and build your program. Submit your program to be credentialed.

To become an established Intermediary or Sponsor, visit our step by step page below.

Write

For grant and resource funding when available – the KDC-Registered Apprenticeship office is open to partnering or supporting applications.

Expand

Registered apprenticeship programs once they are
established. Note: It is imperative that Youth Registered
Apprenticeship leads to established Registered
Apprenticeship for continuity, so partnership is key.

Kansas Youth Apprenticeship Collaborative (KYAC)

Kansas will participate in the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) Policy Academy to Advance Youth Apprenticeship. Called the Kansas Collaborative for Youth Apprenticeship, this Policy Academy offers a yearlong opportunity designed to support states as they develop policy agendas that advance high-quality youth apprenticeship opportunities.

The team of Kansans on this working group include a diverse group of officials from the Governor’s Office, Kansas Insurance Department, Kansas Office of Apprenticeship, Kansas Apprenticeship Council, Kansas Department of Education, and other stakeholders representing education and industry. Members include:

  • Conor Eubanks
    Deputy Director for Legislative Affairs Labor and General Government, Governors Office
  • Shonda Anderson
    Director of Apprenticeship and Internship, Kansas Office of Apprenticeship
  • John Clark
    Chairman of the KAC, Training Director at Wichita Plumbers and Pipefitters
  • Dr. Jennifer Seymour
    Vice Chairman of KAC, General Education & Applied Technology at WSU Tech
  • Dr. Mark Johnson
    Secretary of KAC, Professor for Workforce Development, Pittsburg State University
  • Bev Mortimer
    KAC member, Senior Vice President of Programming, Jobs for America’s Graduates
  • Eugene “Gene” Sicard
    KAC member, Assistant Business Manager IBEW 304
  • Michael Gibson
    KAC member, Associated General Contractors of Kansas, Inc.
  • Natalie Clark
    Assistant Director, of Career, Standards and Assessments in charge of Career and Technical Education, Kansas Department of Education
  • John Nave
    Executive Vice President of KS AFL-CIO
  • Hilary Worcester
    Manager of Learning and Development, Mid Kansas Coop
  • Torree Pederson
    President and CEO Aligned
  • Kelly Bielefeld
    M.Ed., Superintendent of Wichita Public Schools
  • Mike Cline
    CTE Instructor, Shawnee Mission West