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Apprenticeship - Program Overview

Apprenticeship combines paid on-the-job training under the supervision of experienced journey workers with related classroom instruction. Most registered apprenticeship training programs last from three to five years as determined by industry standards.

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The Apprenticeship program serves employers and job seekers by training workers for well-paying jobs with promising futures. Apprentices are full-time, paid employees who earn while they learn.

There are hundreds of apprenticeable occupations. Individuals interested in searching for registered apprenticeship training programs can find a list of careers with registered apprenticeship below.   

All apprenticeship training programs and apprentices must be registered with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship.

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Authority & Funding

The Texas Workforce Commission, as authorized in Texas Education Code, Chapter 133, grants funds to local public educational institutions and apprenticeship committees to support the costs of related classroom instruction in registered apprenticeship training programs. Local education agencies and apprenticeship committees act as fiscal agents for registered apprenticeship training programs.

To qualify for funds, apprenticeship training programs and apprentices must be registered with the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship. If you are an employer, local education agency, or apprenticeship training program seeking information regarding funding for related classroom instruction for adults in registered apprenticeship training programs, contact the Texas Workforce Commission at apprenticeship@twc.texas.gov.

The Apprenticeship Training Program is governed by the following:

Archived Webinars

Apprenticeship Training Program: Grant Award Orientation

Apprenticeship Training Program: HB 2790 Implementation, May 2018 

Apprenticeship Training Program: Supporting Documentation 

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Tips & Guides

A guide for grantees of apprenticeship training programs, a program timeline for the current fiscal year, planning estimates form, and supplemental documents.

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2022 Apprenticeship Week

Apprenticeship Week, observed from November 14-20, 2022, encourages employers to explore how apprenticeship programs can support businesses, education partners, labor organizations, workforce partners, and industry associations to meet the ongoing need for a skilled workforce.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation recognizing Texas Apprenticeship Week, coinciding with National Apprenticeship Week, to spotlight the importance of apprenticeship programs as a workforce and economic development tool in Texas.

Find a Texas Apprenticeship Week event near you 

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