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Become an Apprenticeship Sponsor

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.