The Benefits Of Apprenticeship
Young Men and Women
Young men and women benefit from apprenticeship as if offers an efficient means of learning a skill and trade within an organized structure and guided work programs. The apprentice is able to learn while they earn and once they have completed the apprenticeship program and become journeyman they are assured of a secure future with a good standard of living. Opportunities for employment and advancement open up once the apprentice completes their training.
Industry and business
Industry and business benefit from the apprenticeship programs as the journeyman is a skilled and competent worker with all around skills in their trade. They are able to work unsupervised and demonstrate quick adaptation, versatility and leadership. These individuals typically advance quickly and are often supervisors, foreman and managers. A survey of the Association of General Contractors of America showed the 90 percent of the top officials in construction companies, presidents, vice presidents, owners and partners, began their careers as apprentices.
Requirements for an Approved Apprenticeship Program
- The program must be sponsored by an employer or employers’ association, where the standards, collective bargaining agreement, or other instrument provide for participation by a union in any matter in the operation of the apprenticeship program.
- The program has a written plan that outlines the terms and conditions of employment, training, and supervision of the apprentices and supported by the sponsoring business or association to carry out the training.
- The program provides equal opportunity pledge as outlined within the apprenticeship law.
- The program must outline the duration of the apprentices on-the-job training, to be no less than 12 months or 2,000 hours, and provide outline of the work process in which the apprentice will receive supervised work experience. The program must also outline the number of hours spent in organized related instruction in technical subjects related to the trade. This must be approved by the state department of education or the community college system, University of Hawaii and shall be no less than 144 hours. Hawaii Revised Statutes 372-6 – Related instruction: states, Related instruction for apprentices and training of teachers and coordinators for the instruction shall be the responsibility of the community colleges of the University of Hawaii system.
- State those apprentices shall be no less than 16 years of age.
- Provide statement of the progressively increasing scale of wages to be paid the apprentice consistent with the skill acquired, with the entry wage to be no less than minimum wage.
- Provide a provision for probationary period reasonably related to the full apprenticeship term.
- Provisions for; ratio of apprentices to journey workers consistent with proper supervision, apprentices shall be provided adequate and safe equipment and facilities for training and supervision, periodic review and evaluation of apprentice’s job performance and related instruction, recognition of successful completion of apprenticeship by appropriate certificate.