Apprenticeship Training

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What is Apprenticeship Training? 


Business and industry leaders, education and training providers, and trade unions are constantly looking for ways to improve training for the workforce. Apprenticeship programs successfully address industry’s need to remain competitive and to invest in the development and continuous upgrade of the skills of its workforce. Apprenticeship standards are administered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, and the Oregon State Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI) Apprenticeship and Training Division. Employers design and manage the apprenticeship programs with help from the BOLI. An apprenticeship includes on-the-job training and related instruction.

On-the-job training

Skilled craft workers supervise an apprentice’s on-the-job training for at least 2,000 hours per year. During year(s) of training, a performance review is evaluated and records are maintained. Upon entry into the apprenticeship program, an apprentice is paid a progressively increased schedule of wages as the apprentice demonstrates satisfactory progress in both the on-the-job training and related instruction.

Related Instruction

The related instruction provides the technical knowledge that complements the on-the-job training during the apprenticeship program and requires at least 144 hours per year. The related instruction is usually available from a nearby community college, employer, or union based training program. The course of study relates to the specific craft (electrician, plumber, etc.). The 144 hour yearly courses combine with each year of the on-the-job training to provide the theories and background information that a person may not otherwise be exposed to working on the job. The related instruction is a vital component that provides the apprentice with a solid background from which to continue learning and growing to meet the changing demands of the workplace.


Upon completion of an apprenticeship program, the worker has enjoyed the opportunity to work with qualified craft workers and has learned the theories and science of the craft from qualified instructors. In addition, the apprentice receives an Apprenticeship Certificate of Completion that is recognized by companies nationwide. This certificate is one of the most basic and highly portable industry credentials in use today.


By supporting an apprenticeship program, the employer attracts adequate numbers of highly qualified journey workers and eager apprentice applicants. As a result, the employer enjoys reduced absenteeism, reduced turnover, increased productivity, reduced training costs, ensured versatility, and an enhance problem-solving ability of craft workers.

This program is currently not open and accepting applications. To be included on the mailing list to receive an opening announcement when it does come open or to request more information you can email:

Gainful Employment Data: Construction
Gainful Employment Data: Electrician

For more information about Oregon State registered apprenticeship programs visit their website.