Introduction to Apprenticeships
WHAT IS AN APPRENTICESHIP?
Apprenticeship is a training program which allows individuals to prepare for a skilled occupation through supervised training on the job (OJT) with classroom instruction (Related Instruction)
WHO IS AN APPRENTICE?
An apprentice is a person (at least 16 years old) who is learning a trade through on-the-job training and classroom instruction in accord with State apprenticeship standards.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR REGISTERING AN APPRENTICE?
Individuals who wish to become apprentices must officially be registered with the Virginia Apprenticeship Council.
First, the employer must have a registered apprenticeship program in place with the Department of Labor. If the employer does not have a program, an appointment must be made with the local Department of Labor representative, Mr. Todd Cook, in order for apprenticeship registration to begin. The number for Mr. Cook in Verona is (540)-248-9280.
After an apprenticeship program has been established through the Dept. of Labor, the employer can then register employees into his/her program. Apprenticeship Action Forms, which can be picked up either at Massanutten Technical Center or through the Dept. of Labor, must have signatures from both the soon-to-be apprentice and the employer. This form must be turned in to either MTC or the Dept. of Labor in order for the apprentice to be registered.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLETION?
An apprentice must complete both his/her Related Instruction (i.e. required classes) along with On-the-Job training for completion. The average time for an apprenticeship program is roughly four years; however, this time can change due to the length of each particular program, prior class or on-the-job training credit and how many days the apprentice can attend classes.
All apprentices enrolled in the program are encouraged to attend all classes. Apprenticeship Related Instruction classes are usually held Monday through Thursday from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m. The average apprentice usually attends one or two evenings per week for a three-hour period. If you are unable to attend a class, please notify the Continuing Education Department at the Center.
In order to pass a course, students must attend 80% of the course sessions as well as meet the academic requirements set by the instructor in cooperation with the Assistant Director for Continuing Education.
WHEN DO I COMPLETE?
Apprentices officially complete their respective program after both on-the-job (OJT) and related instruction (RI) requirements are finished. Upon completion of your program, you will receive a Certificate of Completion and will be processed to receive your Journeyman Card. Your Journeyman Card will arrive at a later date.
WHO IS A JOURNEYMAN?
A person who has completed apprenticeship training in a trade or craft.
HOW DO I MONITOR MY PROGRESS?
Apprentices wishing to obtain a copy of their transcript can do so by one of two methods. They can request a copy in person, which requires the completion of a Release of Transcript form. Secondly, a copy may be requested by mail in the form of a letter, including the apprentice's Social Security Number and signature.
WHEN DO I SIGN UP FOR CLASSES?
Two semesters of adult and apprenticeship courses are held at MTC each year. The first semester begins the final week of August with the second semester beginning in mid-January. Apprentices are allowed to register prior to the open registration for the general public; this allows all registered apprentices first choice in the classes.
Apprentices are notified by mail regarding dates and procedures for registration. Any apprentice who fails to register during the designated Apprenticeship registration will be allowed to register with the general public.
WHO CAN I TALK TO AT MTC ABOUT APPRENTICESHIP?
You can direct questions about apprenticeship-related instruction to Jessica Trimble, at (540)-434-5962. E-mail is also welcome firstname.lastname@example.org