Registered apprenticeship is a voluntary training program that has proven to be highly effective for centuries. Throughout recorded history, people have been transferring skills from one generation to another in some form of apprenticeship. Today the need for skilled tradesmen or craftsmen in Kentucky is more critical than ever. Apprenticeship is a training system that produces highly skilled workers who are able to meet the demands of employers who are competing in a highly competitive environment. Each and every day the U.S. economy continues to come under increasing competitive global pressure. In that regard, Kentucky not only finds itself economically competing with other states but with the entire manufacturing world. The most important asset any region or state must posses in today’s competitive market is a highly trained and skilled workforce. One significant way to create and maintain a skilled workforce is through a highly effective on-the-job apprenticeship training program.