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VIRGINIA REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIP

Three Ways to Progress through an Apprenticeship Program

  1. Competency-based approach - Apprentice can demonstrate competency in defined subject areas without completing On-the-Job Training (OJT)  (Note; most likely to be preferred approach)
  2. Traditional, time-based approach - Apprentice must complete at least 2000 hours of OJT before demonstrating competence
  3. Hybrid approach - Apprentice must complete a minimum number of OJT hours and demonstrate competency in defined subject areas

Increased Flexibility for Apprentices

  1. Introduces interim credentials, in the form of certificates, which document that apprentices have demonstrated specific skills and competencies as they progress through apprenticeship
  2. Program sponsors required to provide transferring apprentices with a transcript of related training and on-the-job learning (a portable credential)
  3. Expands transferability from one program to another, not just one employer to another in the same program

Related Technical Instruction (RTI)

  1. RTI can be accomplished through classroom, occupational or industry courses, electronic media, or other instruction approved by the Registration Agency
  2. All instructors must meet relevant State requirements for vocational-technical instructor, and/or for being recognized as a subject matter expert
  3. Instructors must have training in teaching techniques and adult learning styles
These new approaches have enabled an apprentice to gain their “journeyworker” card in as short a time as 18 months.  Most programs will probably be delivered over two years.

 

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