What are "key" apprenticeship components?
Specific Occupation Focus
Each Department of Labor (DOL) registered apprenticeship is dedicated to a distinct occupation. The chosen occupation must be from the list of DOL-approved "apprenticeable occupations." These occupations are linked to ONet codes, sourced from ONet – the leading provider of occupational information in the United States.
Work Process Structure
Apprenticeships integrate practical, on-the-job training with theoretical classroom learning. In a DOL registered apprenticeship, the on-the-job learning specifications are detailed in a Work Process document. This document varies in format but outlines the skills and knowledge an apprentice will acquire on the job, including the expected duration for this learning phase.
Related Technical Instruction (RTI)
Apprenticeships blend hands-on job experience with classroom-based education. In a DOL registered apprenticeship, the classroom learning requirements are encapsulated in the Related Technical Instruction (RTI) outline. RTI can take place in various settings including colleges, unions, private institutions, internally at the employer's location, or a combination of these. Entities providing RTI are referred to as RTI Providers.
Refer to the "Process Guide: Related Technical Instruction" for more information.
Wage Scale Requirements
All registered apprenticeships are mandated to include at least one wage increase for apprentices, acknowledging their acquired skills. Each apprenticeship employer has the authority to set their minimum wage rates within their wage scale. Apprentices may receive compensation higher than the wage scale specifies, but never lower.