Apprenticeship FAQs 

What apprenticeship style programs are currently offered?

What is MAPS?

The Modern Apprenticeship Pathways to Success(MAPS) project is a Department of Labor(DoL) grant that focuses on advancing the regional economic wellbeing through apprenticeship development and expansion in three, critical H-1B industries: advanced manufacturing, healthcare and information technology.

Between now and Feb. 2024 we will:

  • Develop 49 existing academic programs across partnering education institutions into Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs).
  • Enroll and support 5,300 students intentionally targeting the military-connected and underrepresented populations.
  • Produce competency frameworks and supporting materials for establishing and scaling RAPs.

Additionally, this project will be leveraged to fuel innovative research serving to expand our collective knowledge of experiential learning as well as develop replicable technical support for other organizations interested in developing their own RAPs.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway that allows employers to develop and prepare their future workforce.

5 Pillars of Apprenticeships: 

  1. Paid work experience
  2. On-the-job learning with mentorship
  3. Related post-secondary instruction
  4. Industry-recognized credential 
  5. Policies and procedures that ensure safe working environments and equal opportunity employment

Who is eligible to participate in MAPS?

Those interested in participating must:

  • be at least 17 years old and not currently enrolled in a secondary education institution (i.e. high school or its equivalent)
  • meet any enrollment prerequisites of the education institution they’re applying for (contact us for more details)

Aren't apprenticeship programs for trade occupations only?

No. Unlike traditional apprenticeship programs, modern apprenticeships move across occupations and industries to meet the skill demands of the future of work. Currently, there are over 1000 apprenticeable occupations in the U.S. The MAPS Program targets three in-demand industry sectors including healthcare, advanced manufacturing, and information technology.

Apprenticeships help employers develop a highly-skilled and diverse talent pipeline and allow apprentices to obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a nationally recognized credential in an effort to advance their careers.

Why should employers register an apprenticeship?

Are there Apprenticeship funding and tax incentives available? 

  • Makes you eligible for federal resources, state tax credits to offset costs, and technical assistance.
  • Increases program appeal through a nationally recognized credential.
  • Illustrates dedication to employee career development.

What funding is available to support apprenticeship program creation or expansion?

Each year the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announces funding opportunities, some of which are focused on apprenticeship expansion activities. To view current funding opportunities please visit the federal grants webpage, as well as the apprenticeship investments webpage.

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Grant award number: HG-34348-20-60-A-21| Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Sun
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