Apprenticeship: A Workforce Solution &
A Strategy to a Career Pathway

What is Apprenticeship
​An apprenticeship is a work-based learning training model. For employers, apprenticeships are good for business - they help fill a skills gap or workforce need. For apprentices, they provide a pathway to a career. Workers train on-the-job – earning wages and doing productive work – while also taking courses, learning in a classroom environment. The employers determine the apprentice's work schedule. When someone completes an apprenticeship, she or he will have valuable work experience and a recognized industry credential(s) that allows her/him to continue in the field and advance her/his career over time. For more information, click here.
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Illinois Apprenticeship Plus Framework

The Illinois Workforce Innovation Board's Apprenticeship Committee created the Illinois Apprenticeship Plus Framework to address employers' and participants' varying degrees of knowledge and/or comfort with apprenticeships. The goal is to provide a variety of options for participation.

In addition to the well-known options of (1) Registered Apprenticeship, (2) Pre-Apprenticeship, and (3) Youth Apprenticeship, the Illinois Apprenticeship Plus Framework includes a fourth option: (4) Non-Registered Apprenticeship – Industry Recognized Credential Programs.

Similar to high-quality on-the-job training, this option requires all five characteristics associated with DOL Registered Apprenticeship be present:

  • Business involvement,
  • Structured on-the-job training,
  • Related instruction;
  • Rewards for skill gains, and
  • Industry recognized credential(s)

Click here to see key elements for each type of apprenticeship and click here to learn more about the State's common definitions in the Illinois Career Pathways Dictionary.


Apprenticeship Success Stories

Registered apprenticeship data supplied by the U.S. Department of Labor indicates that Illinois has 13,754 registered apprentices, with 486 active Registered Apprenticeship Programs and 296 sponsors. Sponsors are entities such as businesses, employer associations, community colleges and local workforce areas.

See highlighted Apprenticeship success from apprentices and companies throughout Illinois here.

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