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Employer Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of registered apprenticeship?

Registered apprenticeship creates a diverse, flexible pool of employees who are trained with specific skills needed in the workplace. It’s a proven and integrated workforce strategy, recognized by the Department of Labor, and allows employers to reduce recruiting and hiring time and save money by selecting and developing a qualified workforce at training wages. Registered apprenticeship is proven to instill loyalty and increase productivity because employees are in a structured training program that pays dividends through high retention rates. Apprentices also receive vast benefits. Registered apprenticeship offers them a pathway to a career, education, and income, as well as hands-on experience with portable skills to help launch their career in tech.

What’s the difference between an internship and a registered apprenticeship?

Internships offer job exposure for a short period of time, typically 1-6 months, with a variable structure that may include on-the-job training. Registered apprenticeships offer job experience and begin with the intent to retain. Typically lasting at least one year, the registered apprenticeship commitment includes competency benchmarks with structured technical and on-the-job training. Successful completion of registered apprenticeship results in a transferable, nationally recognized credential certifying competency as a fully qualified worker in a specific occupational role.

Can we reskill or upskill our current employees with Apprenti?

Yes. Apprenticeship can be used for incumbent workers and Apprenti has effectively filled middle-skill roles with internal candidates to support the growth of existing employees. Registered apprenticeships are often successful pathways for upskilling incumbent workers, filling skill gaps across an organization, and planning for skill gaps that can occur due to retirement, departmental layoffs, or mergers and acquisitions.

Are employers required to hire apprentices after their apprenticeship?

Employment at the conclusion of apprenticeship is “at will,” so employers are not required to hire their apprentice/s post-apprenticeship. However, more than 8 out of 10 apprentices receive full-time offers at the completion of their program. Employers find their investment in job-specific apprentice training consistently pays off.

Why apprenticeship?

The answer is simple. The United States does not produce enough tech talent to fill growing needs each year. As such, employers require a secondary system in which they can produce and attain talent. We see a future where organizations will have two talent development pipelines: the university system and registered apprenticeship. The intent of the U.S. in the elevation of registered apprenticeship programs is to help organizations become more confident posting jobs with the requirement of either a college degree or completion of an apprenticeship. Europe and Asia have adopted apprenticeships in nearly every industry and continue to reap the benefits. In the U.S., Apprenti is part of a national apprenticeship ecosystem that is supported by the federal government.

Does Apprenti only work with tech companies? All companies seem to be facing tech talent shortages.

Apprenti works with employers who have tech hiring needs across a wide range of industries—not just tech companies. Among our network of hiring partners, Apprenti serves companies in tech, healthcare, financial services, utilities, higher education, insurance, and more.

Where is Apprenti available?

Apprenti is available nationwide! We are an employer-driven model, so we meet your demand where you need us. Contact an Apprenti representative to find out how we can support your long-term hiring strategies and needs.

What states offer tax credits and tuition support for hiring Registered Apprentices?

Many states offer tax credits and tuition support for hiring Registered Apprentices. Head to this helpful page from the Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship to learn more about what funding might be available in your market.

Does Apprenti require applicants to have a four-year college degree?

No, we do not require a four-year college degree to apply. That being said, some of our apprentices do have college degrees in non-technical majors, and/or are having a hard time getting a job in tech roles. Apprenti helps qualified, untapped talent launch their tech careers.

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