Pre-Apprenticeships Programs: A Re-emerging Career Preparation Model

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Although there are many entry points to competitive, integrated employment, apprenticeships have re-emerged as a career-preparation model for many professions that are currently experiencing a skill gap. Employers appreciate a source of skilled, ready workers – and apprentices learn a valuable trade skill while also getting paid.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, apprentices have an 87% employment rate and most salaries start at $50,000 or more.

Apprenticeships Regaining Popularity

As apprenticeships have increased in popularity, it has become important to ensure those who want to learn a trade have the skills and supports they need to succeed in a structured registered apprenticeship program.

Pre-apprenticeship programs are a partnership between employers, training providers, vocational rehabilitation, and other stakeholders who benefit from a labor supply prepared to enter an apprenticeship program for a specific trade.

Partnership Between Federal and Tribal Governments

The website also details agreements between TEROs and the EEOC to assist with discrimination, harassment, or other employment issues. For example, TEROs have a Memorandum of Understanding stating that Tribes have the right to identify and refer claims to the EEOC for remediation. The EEOC then provides funds for training, accessibility initiatives, outreach, and other programmatic needs.

Prepared Candidates

Effective pre-apprenticeships include five elements that lend both legitimacy to a program and also ensure quality training both for job seekers and for the employers who want a prepared employee pool:

  • Partnerships with a Registered Apprenticeship sponsor
  • Approved training and curriculum
  • Supportive services
  • Hands-on training
  • Industry-recognized credentials

The following factsheet, produced by Explore VR, includes links to potential partner organizations, sources of funding, and an action plan template for creating a pre-apprenticeship program.

Pre-Apprenticeship Program Resources (pdf)

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