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Registered Apprenticeship - Help Build and Retain a Skilled Workforce

Through an ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grant, Texas is charged with developing and implementing comprehensive strategies to support apprenticeship expansion; engage industry and workforce intermediaries, employers, and other partners to expand and market apprenticeship to new sectors and underserved populations. This expansion will enhance the State’s capacity to conduct outreach and work with employers to start new programs, expand and diversify participation in apprenticeship through strengthened partnerships.

What is Registered Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship combines classroom instruction with extensive on-the-job training under the supervision of journey level craftperson or trade professional.

Components of Registered Apprenticeship Training:

  • industry (business) involvement
  • structured on-the-job training
  • related training and instruction
  • rewards for skill gains
  • national occupational credential

Learn about the cycle of an apprenticeship program:

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Benefits to Industry

A business must be ready to compete in the global economy. By training apprentices, you can create an employee pool that will contribute to the bottom line and meet future workforce needs. Apprenticeship training is a key investment in a company’s future. Key benefits include:

  • helps recruit and develop a highly skilled workforce
  • improves productivity and return on investment
  • reduces turnover costs and increases employee retention
  • creates industry-driven and flexible training solutions to meet national and local needs

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Getting Started

Contact the ApprenticeshipTexas team

ApprenticeshipTexas staff are ready to help you identify the apprenticeship model that best suits your business. When you e-mail us, you'll get, one-on-one technical assistance and guidance to get your program up and running. Contact us at to learn more about how apprenticeship can help.

Develop your apprenticeship program

Based on your business and training needs, an ApprenticeshipTexas staff will show you how apprenticeship can meet those needs. The engagement specialist will identify existing programs that can serve as a guide or can help you set up a program for a new occupation.

Through the assistance of the U.S. Department of Labor – Office of Apprenticeship, guidance is provided during every step of setting up your program. That means your program administration and related documents will adhere to state requirements while ensuring that your workforce training keeps pace with industry standards. Once developed, your program structure is your blueprint to ensure high-quality on-the-job learning and cutting-edge theoretical instruction for your skilled workforce. The ApprenticeshipTexas staff work with you to develop your program and help troubleshoot any issues that may come up.

Apprenticeship is an effective solution in any occupation that involves progressive attainment of manual, mechanical or technical skills, and knowledge which meets industry standard for that occupation, and which:

  • requires a paid on-the-job learning component
  • is customarily learned in a practical way through a structured, systematic program of on-the-job supervised learning
  • requires related theoretical (academic) instruction to supplement the on-the-job learning
  • is clearly identified and recognized as an occupation throughout an industry

Become a Registered Apprenticeship program

U.S. Department of Labor - Office of Apprenticeship is the registration agency for apprenticeship. When you are approved to train apprentices, you join more than 400+ Texas registered apprenticeship programs who have chosen to train their skilled workforce using apprenticeship.

The primary responsibility of an approved registered apprenticeship program is to provide the on-the-job training to the apprentice under the supervision of skilled workers. The business pays the apprentice for work performed and for the hours of related instruction specified in the program. 

Once approved as a registered apprenticeship program, you and your apprentices enter into a written agreement that specifies the length of training, related school requirements, an outline of the skills to be learned and the wages the apprentice will receive during the program. 

Grow your skilled workforce through Apprenticeship

Once your registered apprenticeship program is established, you'll have access to tools and resources designed to help you maintain your program. You'll have access to industry experience and expertise. You'll capture the skills and knowledge of your existing skilled workforce and pass it on to your newer employees.

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Apprenticeship Occupations

Texas registers apprenticeships in hundreds of different occupations, ranging from the traditional construction trades (plumbers, electricians, carpenters) to industrial (maintenance mechanic, tool and die) to non-traditional (advanced manufacturing, healthcare, information security).

Access available apprenticeable occupations in Texas by industry or location:

Grants and Procurement Opportunities

Eligible applicants (e.g., Local Workforce Development Boards, Community and Technical Colleges, and Consortia) can apply for ApprenticeshipTexas Expansion funding through a competitive grant process. The Request for Applications (RFA) 32020-00047 ApprenticeshipTexas Expansion Grant on the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Electronic State Business Daily website can be viewed at the following link:

Crediting Learning from Registered Apprenticeships

In November 2017, San Jacinto College established a steering committee to facilitate the articulation of US Department of Labor (DOL) Registered Apprenticeship certificates for college course credits. Workshops with seven community colleges and eight DOL Registered Apprenticeships were held to develop crosswalks showing the skills required to be taught, learned, and mastered by the DOL Registered Apprenticeships, using the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s (THECB) Workforce Education Course Manual (WECM). In January 2018, the steering committee presented these processes and crosswalks to THECB for approval. The initial workshops focused on 10 craft areas: electrical, millwright/industrial maintenance/mechatronics, plumbing, pipefitting, welding, machining, carpentry, HVAC, sheet metal, and masonry.

The crosswalks provide a more efficient and effective means for community colleges to work with DOL Registered Apprenticeships in providing college credit or continuing education units once an individual completes the apprenticeship program. The crosswalks also aid the development of memorandums of understanding between community colleges and DOL Registered Apprenticeships.It is important to note that individual college policies and procedures must still be followed and that credit cannot be given unless the full apprenticeship is completed, because in many cases, skills are not taught in the same order or block as in the WECM courses.

This effort provides an important opportunity for apprentices to continue on a career pathway and earn an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, creating a skills acquisition continuum from Registered Apprenticeship to college. It also brings a new population of degree seekers to support the governor’s 60x30TX goal, which aims for at least 60 percent of Texans ages 25–34 to hold a certificate or degree by 2030.

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ApprenticeshipTexas Conference

The Texas Workforce Commission will host its fourth annual ApprenticeshipTexas Conference on February 25-26, 2021. The conference provides insights into developing apprenticeship training programs from leading intermediaries including industry associations and employers, labor partnerships, community colleges, high schools, and workforce boards. Inviting employers, educators, and workforce stakeholders.


February 25-26, 2021


Embassy Suites by Hilton - McAllen Convention Center
800 Convention Center Blvd.
McAllen, TX 78501


Seating is limited to 350 attendees! Early registration fee is $250 (non-refundable) for all attendees, including exhibitors. Registration fee will increase to $350, beginning on January 1, 2021.

Register here or for more information call Texas Workforce Commission Conference Planning at 512-463-6389.