Registered Apprenticeship is an effective way for businesses to develop a sustainable talent pipeline. Employers can fill positions with their ideal workforce-workers trained in the exact skills and competencies their business needs. Registered Apprenticeship is a structured education and training program that combines on-the-job training with related classroom instructions. Apprentices are full-time, paid employees that receive instruction and mentoring from skilled workers. Apprentices are trained to the employer’s standards using the employer’s equipment and protocols. Upon completion of the program, apprentices receive a nationally recognized credential.
As a registered work-based learning employer you will:
Receive technical assistance from the Oklahoma Works/Office of Workforce Development team to create and maintain quality, rigorous work-based learning programs.
- Gain access to industry-developed standards for work-based learning in particular occupations.
- Increased applicant pool and competition through the promotion of work-based learning opportunities on OKJobMatch.
- Participate in training events designed for work-based learning mentors.
- Participate in recruitment events.
- As a member of the state work-based learning network, engage with other program sponsors to develop industry partnerships, and share best practices.
Additionally, apprenticeship registration through U.S. DOL:
- Gain access to a nationwide network of expertise, customer service, and support at no charge.
- Registration means the program has met national and independent standards for quality and rigor and tells prospective employees, customers, and suppliers that the business invests in its workforce and believes employees are its most important asset.
- Businesses and apprentices can access funding and other resources from many federal programs to help support their Apprenticeship programs.
To register a work-based learning opportunity, visit the Oklahoma Secretary of State website at https://www.sos.ok.gov/default.aspx. Employers will be required to provide the following information:
- Job description
- Number of hours/length of program opportunity Occupations (SOC codes)
- Academic credit awarded
- Performance evaluation criteria
- Demographic data
New Registration: $50.00
Annual Certificate: $25.00
On the Job Training (OJT)
The On the Job Training program is designed to fill the skills gap for employers by allowing new employees to be trained "on-the-job" by experienced employees, providing job seekers with work experience and skills training needed to successfully obtain and retain employment with you. The program
- Provides knowledge or skills training essential to the full and adequate performance of the job;
- Is limited to a maximum of 1040 hours;
- Is customized for the employer/employee and the employer has complete control over whom he or she hires.
Provides reimbursement to the employer from 50% up to 75% (under conditional factors) of the trainees' wages.