Are you new to Registered Apprenticeship?

Registered Apprenticeship is a highly flexible employer-driven workforce development solution that combines on-the-job learning with related instruction and paid work experience that increases as the employee’s skill increases.

Registered apprenticeship is a proven solution for businesses to recruit, train and retain highly skilled workers while developing their workforce for the 21st century. Registered apprenticeship allows employers to establish the standards of proficiency, while developing a local and loyal workforce.

Apprenticeship growth in Alaska continues to increase; there are more than 60 registered apprenticeship programs with over 2,250 apprentices and 250 plus program sponsors mostly in traditional occupations in construction. However the real opportunities for new apprenticeship programs in Alaska exist in Health Care occupations. With few exceptions, any employer that requires highly skilled workforce, from a small two-person office to the largest hospitals can benefit from apprenticeship. Apprenticeship sometimes is often a bridge between education and work. As many technical occupations must have some post-secondary training, registered apprenticeship is a model of earn while you learn allowing a person to work in their chosen industry or career.

Building a registered apprenticeship workforce development system for your business has many advantages for you and for your employees. By investing in registered apprenticeship, you have a commitment to the future success of your organization and community. Today the hard work has been done by the Alaska Health Care Apprenticeship Consortium in setting up the training and sponsorship.  

How does a Registered Apprenticeship program benefit employers?

Your bottom line: Registered Apprenticeship programs aid in recruiting new personnel and often support the activities of your human resources department. Investing in the future of your employees can strengthen their loyalty to your company. Teaching employees advanced skills and providing incremental raises increases productivity, decreases turnover and saves your company money spent on re-training. Additionally, registered apprenticeship helps your employees become nationally certified, which will ensure a quality, cost effective product and local, knowledgeable employees. Many apprenticeship programs lead to advanced degrees through the University of Alaska or Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium (RACC). Registered apprenticeship is a natural development system of your next supervisors and leaders.

Business-driven, customizable program: The AHCAC and the Office of Apprenticeship have worked to create a flexible apprenticeship program appropriate for your business and employees. Registered apprenticeship programs range in size from one apprentice to hundreds depending on the employer. As your workforce needs change, we will help you adjust your training or design a new program, if necessary, to keep pace with technology and productivity. As apprentices are “on the job learners” who are mentored by your employees, this ensures the transfer your industry knowledge to the next generation of workers at little cost. Related instruction may be delivered by you the employer, on line or through a central training provider like the Consortium.  

Financial incentives: By utilizing a registered apprenticeship program, your business may qualify for state tax benefits or other financial support. Many employers experience strong return on investment after implementing registered apprenticeship.

Benefit summary:

  • Decreased turnover by strengthening and developing your workforce.
  • Increased productivity and knowledge transfer through on-the-job learning and mentoring.
  • Apprentices may be new hires or incumbent workers who choose to gain additional skills and responsibilities in your organization earning promotions and advance standing. This is a good way to reward high achieving entry-level employees.  
  • High return on investment since apprentices produce while they are learning at a reduced wage.
  • Improved safety, as related instruction and on-the- job training ensures apprentices learn while using industry recognized technology, materials and standards.
  • Tailored workforce trained to meet the needs, changes and demands of your business and industry.
  • Skilled workers trained to industry/employer specifications to produce quality results.
  • Established pipeline of new skilled workers that complete the program while also providing access to the next generation of employees.
  • Mentoring develops a culture of “team” while assisting new employees in mastering the skills needed to perform the job.
  • Assist employers to increase their workforce diversity.   

When you invest in the training of your employees, they are more committed to the success of your business. This will help to lessen turnover, decrease recruitment costs and increase productivity.

Foremost, registered apprenticeship assists businesses to develop highly skilled employees. Apprenticeship programs reduce turnover, increase productivity and lower the cost of recruitment. Apprenticeship is developed out of the employer’s need of a skilled workforce; this is the demand.

Additional benefits of registered apprenticeship include:

  • Customized training that meets industry standards, tailored to the specific needs of businesses, resulting in highly-skilled employees.
  • Increased knowledge transfer through on-the-job learning from an experienced mentor, combined with education courses (RTI) to support work-based learning.
  • Enhanced employee retention: 91% of apprentices that complete an apprenticeship are still employed nine months later.
  • A safer workplace that may reduce worker compensation costs, due to the program’s emphasis on safety training.
  • A stable and reliable pipeline of qualified workers.
  • A systematic approach to training that ensures employees are trained and certified to produce at the highest skill levels required for the occupation.
  • Community, many employers partner with their local high school and community colleges to develop employment and career pathway opportunities for local residents.  

Finally, businesses may qualify for funding for training, supplies or other aspects of apprenticeship programs. These benefits reduce an employer’s investment in apprenticeship training costs when hiring new or incumbent apprentices that qualify.


What Are My Responsibilities?

As a Registered Apprenticeship employer partner, you are responsible for recruiting and mentor apprentices as they learn and complete their apprenticeship and test for certifications. They are members of your workforce from day one. Our local apprenticeship office offers technical assistance at any time, at no cost, and ensures compliance with your company’s and industry’s standards. Join the nationwide network of program sponsors, from family-owned businesses to corporations including UPS, CVS/Pharmacy and Siemens.

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  • Provide a safe workplace.
  • Provide on-the- job training and supervised work experience.
  • Establish a progressive pay schedule.
  • Document the training progress.
  • Support the related instruction.

How do I develop a Registered Apprenticeship program?

Contact an Apprenticeship Specialist or the AHCAC Apprenticeship Coordinator to inquire about becoming a Consortium member or sponsoring an apprenticeship program today.

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