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Create an apprenticeship program

Congratulations on your interest in sponsoring an apprenticeship program at your business! Apprenticeships are a great way to build a healthy workforce of loyal, skilled employees.

Once you decide to become an employer-sponsor, the Division of Apprentice Standards (DAS) will help you every step of the way. Whether you need help with setting up program standards or applying for grants, our team is here to help.

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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:

  1. Go to the ePLACE portal to see if your occupation is already an option  
  2. Choose the occupation you want to open for apprenticeships. 
    1. 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. 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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

  1. Recruit and hire apprentices.
  2. Register your new apprentices in ePLACE portal.
  3. If you’re eligible, sign up for the registered apprentice tax credit (RATC).
  4. Pay annual fees for apprentice ID cards.

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
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