Registered apprenticeship training is a vital part of the economic well being of this state and our country. The better trained our workers are, the better our businesses can compete in today's global market. Apprenticeship training is a proven on-the-job training system that will produce better-trained employees that are more efficient, motivated, and productive.
Within the Labor Cabinet are apprenticeship coordinators who specialize in assisting employers in establishing registered apprenticeship training programs. Apprenticeship coordinators are available to assist you in every way to establish your registered apprenticeship program.
The Labor Cabinet has apprenticeship program standards that are in conformance with federal and state laws governing apprenticeship. These standards are used to register all apprenticeship programs in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
If you have a collective bargaining agreement in place, a Joint Apprenticeship Committee should be established consisting of equal representation from both labor and management. If the bargaining unit does not wish to participate in the administration of the apprenticeship program, a letter of waiver from the union is obtained and the employer will operate the apprenticeship program according to the standards. If no collective bargaining agreement is in place, an employer can both register and administer the apprenticeship program.
Registered apprenticeship in Kentucky is very flexible and is tailored to individual employers needs for on-the-job training of apprentices. In addition to on-the-job training, a minimum of 144 hours of related instruction classes is required for each year of apprenticeship. The related instruction is designed to teach the apprentice the theoretical and technical subjects related to the trade.
Once you have determined that you want to establish a registered apprenticeship training program, an apprenticeship coordinator will assist you in preparing the program standards and supply you with contacts for related instruction and classroom training.