How do apprenticeship programs work?
Apprenticeships are certified hands-on training programs. At the Division of Apprentice Standards, we oversee the approval of programs across the state to ensure they’re fair, safe, and equitable.
Hundreds of roles and job titles for apprenticeships have been approved and successfully created a set of program standards for businesses around the state to use to start their own programs. Program standards include a written commitment to:
- How you recruit apprentices
- Teach apprentices with a comprehensive curriculum
- Pay your apprentices and offer a schedule of raises
- Keep apprentices safe on the job
- Stay in good standing with the state
If your industry is new to apprenticeships, we may not have a job description or set of job standards yet. In that case, you’ll work directly with DAS to create and document this information.
If you need help financially to get your program started, talk to DAS about applying for state and federal grants.
Once you apply and your program is approved, we’ll work with you to make sure your program and apprentices are thriving and successful.
Submit your program application
When you’re ready to submit your application:
- Go to the ePLACE portal to see if your occupation is already an option
- Choose the occupation you want to open for apprenticeships.
- If your occupation is not in the list, you’ll work with DAS to propose a job title and program standards for your application. You can go to Apprenticeship.gov for examples of additional occupations to help you get started.
- Find and select a related instruction training provider, usually a community college, vocational/technical school, or a private training provider, to provide the classroom instruction portion of the apprenticeship. If you’re using your own in-house instruction, you will need to provide us with a training plan and classroom curriculum.
- Complete your application through the portal and submit.
It takes an average of six weeks for program approval. DAS will reach out if they need any further information for your application.
If you’re an organization working with multiple employers to help match and place apprentices, you’re required to register with an apprentice co-sponsor agreement [PDF]. This formalizes the employer’s agreement to hire from your organization.
After your application is approved
What is the ePLACE portal?
The ePLACE portal is the digital home for everything employers and sponsors need to manage their apprenticeship program. There, you can do many tasks such as:
- Apply for your apprenticeship program
- Add occupations to your program
- Submit program standards and on-the-job training information
- Update apprentice information
- Pay fees
- Complete and upload apprenticeship agreements
All Sponsors must use the DAS ePlace Portal to submit requests and documents.
Alert: For Division of Apprentice Standards Sponsors:
Division of Apprentice Standards Sponsors, as of December 18, 2021, please be advised that an updated ePlace portal link being provided to you so that you may continue to access our new online system with its updated features here: https://elicensing.mass.gov/LWD. A "shopping cart" functionality has been added to allow for multiple apprentice processes to be completed and paid for in one transaction. Additionally, apprentice names have been added to transaction identification codes for ease of tracking. DAS appreciates your feedback as we continue to enhance our system for your use. Ongoing trainings occur weekly and are posted here: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/division-of-apprentice-standards.
Please reach out to staff by email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.