Apprenticeships Make Good Sense for Businesses
Looking to build a qualified workforce? Be a business sponsor in the Registered Apprenticeship program in South Dakota. As a sponsor, you can ensure workers obtain the right skills you need. Plus, you get a committed employee on the path to advancement.
Structured Learning and On-The-Job Training
A Registered Apprenticeship provides a unique combination of structured learning with on-the-job training from an assigned mentor. Upon completion of a Registered Apprenticeship program, the apprentice receives an industry-issued, nationally recognized credential that certifies occupational proficiency.
Structured learning is provided by the sponsor, technical schools, or through web-based learning approaches. On-the-Job Training is provided by the business partner or managing business sponsor. A Registered Apprentice must complete a set amount of training hours before a certificate is awarded. Apprentices are paid while they learn with incremental wage increases as their skills increase. Find out more about funding resources available for the Registered Apprenticeship program.
When an employer becomes a Registered Apprenticeship program “sponsor,” it can identify the minimum qualifications needed to apply for its apprenticeship program. These programs must meet parameters established under the National Apprenticeship Act, designed to protect the welfare of the apprentice.
The apprenticeship act and its promulgating regulations, even those in South Dakota, are administered by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship. Program sponsors may identify additional minimum qualifications and credentials to apply (i.e. education, ability to physically perform the essential functions of the occupation, and proof of age). Based on the selection method utilized by the sponsor, further qualification standards, such as fair aptitude tests and interviews, school grades, and previous work experience maybe identified. The eligible starting age can be no less than 16 years of age, however, labor laws must be followed. For more youth employment information, please visit the U.S. Department of Labor website.
Registered Apprenticeships are effective in preparing American workers to compete in a global 21st century economy because the system keeps pace with advancing technologies and innovations in training and human resource development.
Funding and Potential Tax Credits
For sponsors that choose to be listed on the Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL), the training cost may be offset through workforce training assistance. Learn more about ETPL and the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) by contacting your local DLR job service office.
Build Your Qualified Workforce. Be a business in South Dakota’s Registered Apprenticeship Program.