It takes 3 to 4 weeks to become a sponsor provided the apprentice agreement and the apprentice schooling documentation are forwarded together.

Apprentice Program Sponsors are reminded that the following information must be included with the application package.

A. If an apprentice program sponsor will be administering the program through an apprenticeship committee, documentation describing the organization of the committee and the function of each member will be included.

B. In order to be approved by the Division of Apprentice Training, the apprentice sponsor's program must be primarily located in Massachusetts. The responses to the following questions will be used to make that determination.

1. Is your primary operating facility in Massachusetts?

2. Will the administration of the proposed apprentice program be conducted in Massachusetts?

3. Will all documents and records concerning the proposed apprentice program be located in Massachusetts?

4. Will the majority of work to be performed by the apprentices be in Massachusetts?

C. Declaration concerning whether the sponsor will give credit towards completion of the program for any relevant hands-on training or related instruction which an apprentice may have received while previously employed and, if so, the terms and conditions under which such credit will be given.

D. For all companies with five or more apprentices; an affirmative action plan and written selection procedure per Federal Regulation (CFR 29-29) is required.

E. A signed statement that you have read, understand and will comply with M.G.L.c.23 § § 11E through 11W and 453 CMR 7.00 as contained in The Regulations for Apprentice Programs.

All applicable parts of the Standard Sponsor Application Package must be completed before submitting for program approval to:

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Department of Workforce Development
Division of Apprentice Training
19 Staniford Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02114

Before mailing, be sure to review the Sponsor Application Package Checklist to ensure all the necessary information is provided. Give us a call at (617) 626-5409 if you have any questions regarding this process.