Apprenticeships are job driven training. It is an “earn and learn” model – apprentices start working and earning wages from the first day on the job. RA is a combination of on-the-job training and related technical instruction. Workers learn both the theory and application of a highly skilled occupation.

Many students benefit from traditional college programs, however, there are many other options that can lead to good salaries and meaningful careers. Many current job openings require skills somewhere between a high school credential and a 4-year degree to get started. Registered Apprenticeship is one of these opportunities.

Benefits of Apprenticeship for Employees:

  • Learning valuable job skills
  • Earning a salary
  • Obtaining real world experience
  • Little to no student debt
  • Gaining National Industry Certification
  • Connecting directly with an employer
  • Improved skills and competencies
  • Higher wages as skills increase
  • Career advancement

Benefits of Apprenticeship for Employers:

  • Highly skilled Employees
  • Reduced turnover costs
  • Lower investment in recruitment
  • Higher productivity
  • More diverse workforce

Since the Establishment of the Pennsylvania’s first Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO) in 2016, the number of apprentices in PA has increased 26% and now stands at near 17,000.  Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission is working to expand Registered Apprenticeship in the Northern Tier Region.  We will work with employers to develop their own RA programs and have knowledge of various funding sources that could assist with training costs. 

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