South Dakota Apprenticeships – An Alternative to Traditional College
A Registered Apprenticeship program is a unique, flexible training system. The "Earn and Learn" training model of a Registered Apprenticeship provides a unique combination of structured learning with on-the-job training from an assigned mentor. Apprentices are paid while they learn with incremental wage increases as their skills increase. Workers can obtain more skills right away and employers have a committed employee on the path to advancement, building a qualified workforce. You can find an apprenticeship in thousands of industries — from construction and commercial trades to the healthcare and service industries. See what industries offer apprenticeship opportunities.
Structured Learning and On-The-Job Training
Registered Apprenticeship programs are written plans designed to move an apprentice from a low or no skill, entry-level position to full occupational proficiency. Structured learning may be provided by the sponsor, technical schools, or through web-based learning approaches. The goal is to provide the employee with advanced skillsets that meet the specific needs of the employer. Upon completion of a Registered Apprenticeship program, the apprentice receives an industry issued, nationally recognized credential that certifies occupational proficiency, is portable, and can provide a pathway to the middle class.
Businesses become Registered Apprenticeship program “sponsors,” and will identify the minimum qualifications to apply into their apprenticeship program. These programs must meet parameters established under the National Apprenticeship Act, designed to protect the welfare of the apprentice. 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 youthemployment information, please visit the U.S. DOL 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.