Tuesday – January 28, 2020

General Information About Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a built-in formal training agreement (indenture) providing for on-the-job training and related classroom instruction.

A participating employer teaches the skills of the trade on the job. The classroom instruction is theoretical and practical knowledge pertaining to the given trade.

An apprenticeship includes all of the following:

  • Training content, both on the job and in the classroom, are defined and dictated by the needs of the employing industry. The length of the training is determined by the specific occupation within the industry.
  • Has laws and regulations clearly establishing minimum requirements for protecting the welfare of the apprentice. Some of these may include length of training, type and amount of related instruction, supervision, appropriate ratio of apprentices to journeyman, selection and recruitment, wage progression and safety standards.
  • Leads to a Certificate of Completion and official journeyman status, which has explicit meaning, recognition and respect in the eyes of federal and state governments and relevant industries.
  • Represents a sizable investment on the part of the employer or labor/management program sponsor.
  • Pays wages to its participants, and these wages increase throughout the training in accordance with a predefined wage progression scale.
  • Has participants learning by working directly under the supervision and tutelage of a master in the craft, trade or relevant occupational area.
  • Involves a written agreement and an implicit obligation between the sponsor and the apprentice. The written agreement, which is signed by the apprentice and the sponsor and ratified by the state, details the roles and responsibilities of each party. The implicit social obligation gives employers or sponsors the right to expect to employ the apprentice upon completion of training and gives the apprentice a reasonable right to expect such employment. Labor market conditions should guide the size of training programs to enable each party to maintain his or her side of the obligation.
  • Combines supervised, structured, on-the-job training with related classroom instruction. This training is sponsored by employers or labor/management groups with the ability to hire and train in an employment setting.
  • At the end of the apprenticeship, the graduate must show competency in all skills of trade.

See a list of apprenticeship possibilities at Apprenticeship Instruction at MATC.

For more information, please contact:

David Polk
Associate Dean of Apprenticeship & Trades
Milwaukee Area Technical College
6665 South Howell Avenue
Oak Creek, WI 53154