The Office of Apprenticeship & Training will be partnering with sponsors (employers) and educators to host pre-recorded presentations for anyone interested in learning more about Delaware Registered Apprenticeship Programs during National Apprenticeship Week. Learn More

Starting September 1, 2020, this office will not register any apprentice that is already registered in another state. Any apprentice that was registered before September 1, 2020, but also registered in another state, will still be able to stay a Delaware registered apprentice. Those employers who this affects will be contacted individually to discuss specifics.

Registered Apprenticeship is a proven approach for preparing workers for jobs while meeting the needs of business for a highly skilled workforce. It is an employer-driven, “earn while you learn” model that combines on-the-job training with job-related classroom/lab instruction. Registered Apprentices are sponsored by their employer and therefore typically work during the day and attend school at night. As the Registered Apprentice increases skills, they also experience an increase in wages.

Registered Apprenticeships are offered in a variety of occupations. Most Registered Apprenticeships are four years in length or 8,000 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 Registered Apprentice is eligible for Journeyperson papers. A journeyperson is nationally recognized as having a well-rounded ability in all aspects of his/her trade.


  • 1,500+ Registered Apprentices (RA)
  • 370+ employer sponsors with at least one RA
  • 20+ Occupations with a program


  • Electrician
  • Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
  • HVAC
  • Sheet Metal Workers
  • Construction Laborers

Note: Registered Apprenticeship programs are also available for Early Childhood Education, Auto Technicians and Hospitality


Learn more about becoming a Registered Apprentice.

  • Build valuable skills
  • Built-in wage increases
  • Advance along a clear career path
  • Debt-free education
  • Receive a national credential (State of Delaware Journeyperson papers upon completion)


Learn more about becoming a Registered Sponsor. All these benefits come without a single cost to the employer.

  • Develop a pipeline of highly-skilled and highly-motivated workers
  • Increase productivity
  • Reduce recruitment costs
  • Lower turnover
  • Provide customized training


Being a part of a Pre-Apprenticeship program is ideal for individuals who lack experience or education but want to build a solid foundation to start a successful career. The Registered Pre-Apprenticeship Program complements the existing Registered Apprenticeship programs. Current programs include auto, general construction, and electrical. As Delaware’s unemployment rate drops, disadvantaged and underrepresented populations will be at a greater risk of being left behind. Pre-Apprenticeship opportunities will allow these populations to gain the needed hard and soft skills for a successful career. Pre-Apprenticeship Programs refer to a program or set of strategies designed to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in a Registered Apprenticeship Program. Pre-Apprenticeship Programs are designed to:

  1. Create a qualified pipeline of individuals ready to become Registered Apprentices;
  2. Expand Registered Apprentices to include underrepresented participants such as non-traditional gender or race/ethnicity, disadvantaged populations, or low-skilled workers; and
  3. Recognize credit for related education or training.



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