Apprenticeship Training Basics
Why is apprenticeship training important? For hundreds of years, valuable trade skills and knowledge have been passed down from one generation to the next through apprenticeships.
When you hire an apprentice, you’re investing in the future of your business and our economy. Everyone in the apprenticeship training system has a role to play in making the experience and investment a success.
Your role in apprenticeship training
Most apprenticeships take about four years to complete, with 85% of the apprentice’s time spent training on the job, and 15% on classroom technical training. As an employer hiring an apprentice, you are responsible for:
- Hiring and training the apprentice
- Registering with ITA
- Tracking and reporting progress
- Allowing the apprentice to be absent during their technical training
- Evaluating and recommending the apprentice for certification
Either you, or another skilled trades professional, can be the apprentice sponsor. The sponsor is the person that commits to training the apprentice on the job. This person must be a certified journeyperson, or have Sign Off Authority from ITA to sponsor an apprentice.