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Job Training Apprenticeship

The Office of Apprenticeship Training, Employer and Labor Services oversees the National Apprenticeship System; sets standards for apprenticeship; assists states, industry, and labor to develop apprenticeship programs that meet required standards; promotes equal opportunity; and safeguards the welfare of apprentices.


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Results Not Demonstrated

A rating of Results Not Demonstrated (RND) indicates that a program has not been able to develop acceptable performance goals or collect data to determine whether it is performing.
  • Apprenticeships help an industry develop skilled workers. Apprentices receive paid on-the-job-training and classroom instruction, with wage increases as their skills advance. In FY 2006 there were approximately 30,000 sponsors of apprenticeship programs registered with Federal or state agencies, with over 400,000 active apprentices and 150,000 new ones.
  • Until recently, the program's performance measures were not focused on employment outcomes, so it has been unable to demonstrate results. It has now adopted common job training measures that look at employment, retention, and earnings gains. With these data, the program can retrospectively examine results from past years as well as set performance targets.
  • Participation of women in registered apprenticeships continues to lag. Despite the Department of Labor's efforts to increase the numbers of female apprentices, the share of women is roughly the same as in 1990 (around 7 percent), far below their representation in the civilian labor force (46 percent).

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Implementing the common measures for earnings and retention and establishing an Internet-based apprenticeship registration system to efficiently obtain comprehensive performance data.
  • Addressing underrepresentation of women in apprenticeship programs through a reinvigorated Equal Employment Opportunity review process and tracking and reporting performance.
  • Adopting efficiency measures that are linked to performance outcomes, account for all costs, and facilitate comparisons across Department of Labor training and employment programs.

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