Registered Apprenticeship is a proven method of training involving on-the-job work experience coupled with related instruction, typically offered in a classroom setting. Registered apprentices work for their employer or sponsor and are paid while they learn their respective trade. Registered Apprenticeship, in simple terms, is a program of "learning while earning."

The Federal Apprenticeship Act of 1937 authorizes the Federal government, in cooperation with the States, to oversee the nation's apprenticeship system. In Delaware, the Department of Labor manages and ensures compliance with all Registered Apprenticeship activity.

Apprenticeships are offered in a variety of occupations. The majority of apprenticeships are four years in length or 8000 hours of on-the-job training. For each year of training, a minimum of 144 hours of related instruction is required. Upon completion of the required on-the-job training and related instruction, the apprentice is eligible for Journey papers. A journeyperson is nationally recognized as having a well-rounded ability in all phases of their trade.

For more information, or to speak to someone about Registered Apprenticeship, please call the Delaware Department of Labor at (302) 761-8328.

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