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Apprenticeship 101

Apprenticeships are employer-driven programs that train employees for a specific occupation through on the job learning and related instruction. ApprenticeshipPHL is here to help you build your own talent development pipeline or connect to an existing apprenticeship program.

Apprenticeships are proven to:

Customize Your Skilled Workforce

Having a tough time finding the right people? Apprenticeship is a flexible training strategy that can meet the needs of every business. Every apprenticeship is different and employers get to design a model that works for them.

Reduce Turnover & Cost

Looking to increase loyalty? 92% of apprentices remain with their employer at the end of the apprenticeship program.

Increase Productivity

See a $1.47 return for every $1 invested. The best part? The ROI begins during the apprenticeship, not after.

Create Talent Pipelines

The workforce is changing but businesses’ needs are not. Apprenticeship enables experienced staff to transfer knowledge to new hires through mentorship and on the job training. This model allows employers to tap a more diverse talent pool to help your business flourish.

92% of apprentices remain with their employer at the end of the apprenticeship program.


How ApprenticeshipPHL Helps Employers

Program Design and Registration

We’ll help you develop the framework for your apprenticeship program, including on the job training and related instruction, and provide guidance on identifying and training mentors. We’ll prepare your programs for registration with the Department of Labor & Industry’s Apprenticeship and Training Office.

Connect to Partners

You might wish to join an existing apprenticeship program. We can assist with identifying the right partners and developing the relationships to make your program succeed.

Apprentice Recruitment

The PA CareerLink®, community organizations, and high school Career & Technical Education programs are excellent sources of talent and can provide screening. We’ll access your talent needs and facilitation connections to the right pipelines.

How it Works

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Get to know apprenticeship, its benefits, and how different employers and sponsors are creating programs across industry.


Understand your options, the steps involved in building an apprenticeship program, and the tools we offer to help you get started.


Collaborate with apprenticeship representatives, workforce organizations, educators, and others to build your program.


Take advantage of benefits such as funding opportunities, tax credits, and no-cost technical assistance when you register your program.


Recruit prospective apprentices, measure your program, and share your program success.

Pre-Apprenticeship 101

Pre-Apprenticeship programs are designed to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in a Registered Apprenticeship program, and ultimately a career.

ApprenticeshipPHL will help you develop a pre-apprenticeship program, identify partnerships, and prepare your documents for registration.

Pre-Apprenticeships are designed to:

Cover the Basics

Many programs focus on introducing people to careers within the industry or with a specific employer. They prepare individuals to have the right basic skills to be successful in an apprenticeship program.

Include Technical Training

Apprenticeship programs drive the design of the training curriculum including technical training based on industry standards and hands-on experience that introduces individuals to the expectations of the job. Just like an apprenticeship, pre-apprenticeships are employer-driven.

Target Specific Populations

Whether you want to begin early by preparing high school students and recent grads or focus on older professionals who have a rich career history, programs can be built to target specific populations. Not to mention, if you are looking to diversify your talent pool by attracting underrepresented individuals to your industry.

Consider Pre-Apprenticeship as your Golden Ticket to Qualified Candidates.

Ready to Get Started?

Develop a Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Step 1
Contact ApprenticeshipPHL

We will meet with you to discuss your ideas and create a strategy to develop and register your pre-apprenticeship program.

Step 2
Partner and Connect

We’ll help you find the right partners for program success including curriculum development, hands-on work experience, credential opportunities, and supports for pre-apprentices.

Step 3
Design and Register

Once you are ready to design your program, we can support with developing the framework and preparing the documentation you need to register.

Step 4

It’s time to deliver your program! If you need additional support with outreach and recruitment, APHL can boost your program with our network of members and partners across the region.

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