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Become an Apprenticeship Sponsor

What Is Apprenticeship?

Registered Apprenticeship is a highly flexible training system that combines on-the-job learning and related classroom instruction, in which employees receive technical and practical training in numerous occupations in various industries. It offers a proven methodology that allows employers to establish the standards of proficiency required of its professionals.

How to Become an Apprenticeship Sponsor with the DC Apprenticeship Council?

An apprenticeship sponsor can be an individual employer, employer association, or partnership between employers and labor unions (public and private). Employers and organizations applying for apprenticeship registration must develop apprenticeship standards, a written plan embodying the terms and conditions for the employment and training and supervision of apprentices according to apprenticeship regulations. The DC Office of Apprenticeship staff are available to provide the necessary guidance and technical assistance in developing the required apprenticeship standards for approval consideration. Also, the Apprenticeship Office staff will conduct a workforce site analysis of the potential apprenticeship sponsors’ facilities and workforce.

Mandatory Apprenticeship Requirement

Although registering apprenticeship programs is voluntary for all industries, the District of Columbia has a mandatory apprenticeship registration law known as DC Law 2-156. Any prime contractor, subcontractors, including tiersubcontractor whose contract amount is $500,000 or more on a single contract or cumulative contracts within a 12-month period, must register an apprenticeship program with the DC Apprenticeship Council. The mandatory apprenticeship requirement applies to new construction, renovation and information technology work on all District government assisted projects, including First Source. Thirty-five percent (35 percent) of apprenticeship hours worked on any government assisted project must be performed by District of Columbia residents.

What Are Apprenticeship Standards?

A set of apprenticeship standards is an organized and written plan embodying the terms and conditions for employment, training and supervision of one or more apprentices. Also, apprenticeship standards can include one (1) or more occupations along with a work-process outlining the skilled tasks of the occupation(s) for on-the-job training.

Basic Apprenticeship Standards

Below are the 25 minimum basic standard items required for submitting proposed apprenticeship standards. Narratives for each item on the program implementation are also required.

Apprenticeship Standards Items Description
Purpose The standard must describe the purpose of the proposed apprenticeship program training.
Eligibility Requirements The standard must identify requirements for applicants to be eligible for apprenticeship consideration.
Selection Procedure The standard must identify a notification, recruitment, selection and a rating system for applicants.
Term of Apprenticeship The standards must provide 2,000 hours of on-the-job training per year for any occupation.
Provision for Related Training The standard must identify type(s) of related instruction or supplemental training apprentices will receive. A sponsor is responsible for the tuition of the apprentice(s).
Wages for Apprentices The standard must show progressive wages in percentage for apprenntices during the training period of apprenticeship.
Equal Employment Opportunity Pledge The standard must include an Equal Employment Opportunity Pledge according to DC State Plan.
Supervision of Apprentices The standard must ensure that apprentices will be under proper supervision.
Safety The standards must include the safety of apprentices, both on-the-job and related instruction
Registration of Apprentices The standard must identify the procedures for official registration of apprentices with the DC Apprenticeship Council.
Notification The standard must indicate that a sponsor will notify the DC Office of Apprenticeship (Registration Agency) of all apprentice actions.
Probation Period The probationary period for apprentices is 90 days.
Affirmative Action Plan The standard should identify the recruitment and selection of minority and women apprentices according to the DC State Plan.
Maintenance of Apprenticeship Record All apprenticeship records must be maintained for five years. Apprenticeship sponsors must also identify a District street address for maintaining apprenticeship records.
Complaint Procedures The procedures for apprenticeship complaints must be included and be in accordance with DC Apprenticeship Council Rules and Regulations.
Deregistration of Apprenticeship Program Apprenticeship programs may be voluntarily canceled by the apprenticeships sponsor or the program can be deregistration by the Apprenticeship Council of cause.
Cancellation of Apprenticeship Agreement An Apprenticeship Registration Agreement may be voluntarily canceled by the apprentice or the sponsor can cancel (terminate) the apprentices' agreement for cause.
Work Process Apprenticeship standards must include a work process that identifies the skilled task areas of the apprenticeable occupation(s).
Periodic Evaluation The apprenticeship sponsor identifies assessment of apprentices' performance (on-the-job and related instruction) during the apprentice training period.
Completion Requirement The apprenticeship sponsor will identify all apprentices who successfully complete their apprenticeship training and request the Registration Agency to issue apprenticeship completion certificates.
Granting Advance Credit The apprenticeship sponsor may grant apprentices credit(s) toward their apprenticeship training up to a 1/4 of the apprenticeship term without the DC Apprenticieship Council's approval. Request to the Apprenticeship Council can be made for additional credits for the apprentice.
Provision for Modication or Amendment to Apprenticeship Standards The apprenticeshisp sponsor may submit amendments and modifications to apprenticeships standards at any time during the program registration for approval. All proposed amendments and modifications must receive DC Apprenticeship Council approval prior to implementation.
Proper Signature(s) to Apprenticeship Standards All apprenticeship standards must have proper signature(s) of the apprenticeship sponsor and registration.
Apprenticeship Numeral Ratio The DC Apprenticeship numerical ratio requires one (1) apprentice to every three (3) journey-works.
Statement of Compliance The standard must include a statement indicating that the sponsor's program will be operated in accordance with DC Rules and Regulations for Apprenticeship and the DC State Plan for Equal Employment Opportunity in Apprenticeship and Training.

The DC Office of Apprenticeship, Information and Training staff is available to provide technical assistance and guidance during the apprenticeship registration process in the development of apprenticeship standards. There is no cost for this service.

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