What is a Registered Apprenticeship?

As manufacturers throughout New Jersey and throughout the country struggle to find and recruit talented and skilled workers, more and more are turning to apprenticeships to develop and grow the skills of their workforce. Apprenticeship programs combine on-the-job learning with related instruction in technical areas to produce qualified, highly-productive employees for careers requiring precision skills. Apprenticeship training ensures workers have the knowledge and competencies companies need for today and the future.

Registered Apprenticeship programs are designed to move an apprentice from a low or no skill entry-level position to full occupational proficiency. These programs must meet parameters established under the National Apprenticeship Act that are designed to protect the welfare of the apprentice. Upon finishing the training program, an apprentice earns a “Completion of Registered Apprenticeship” certificate, an industry issued, nationally recognized credential that validates proficiency in an apprenticeable occupation.

What is NJMEP’s role as a sponsor and intermediary?

Registered Apprenticeship program intermediaries identify the minimum qualifications to apply into their apprenticeship program. Program intermediaries may also identify additional minimum qualifications and credentials to apply, e.g., education, ability to physically perform the essential functions of the occupation, and proof of age. Based on the selection method utilized by the intermediary and sponsor, additional qualification standards, such as fair aptitude tests and interviews, school grades, and previous work experience may be identified.

In the role of apprenticeship sponsor, NJMEP developed and implemented five registered apprenticeships in New Jersey for Manufacturing and TLD industries.

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  • Technical Sales:
    • 1 Year Program, 2,000 hours
    • Focus on Sales and Technology
    • Registered with USDOL
    • 156 Sales Classroom Hours
    • 25 Online Hours
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  • Industrial Manufacturing Production Technician
  • CNC Industrial Manufacturing Production Technician
    • 1.5 Year Program
    • 3,000 hours of On the Job Training and Related Technical Instruction
    • CNC Milling & Lathe Setup Operations, and Programming
    • Fundamental Technical Education
    • Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Credentials
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  • Food Industrial Manufacturing Production Technician
  • Logistics Technician / Storage and Distribution Management Apprenticeship Program
    • 1 Year Program
    • 2,000 hours of On the Job Training and Related Technical Instruction
    • Fundamental Supply Chain Education
    • Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Credentials
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Step 1: Registration

Upon execution of the contract, NJMEP will work with the client to get the company listed as a registered participating employer under the apprenticeship program. This is an official registration with the New Jersey Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, which enables the company to be eligible for training funding under the program and the participating candidate to be recognized as an official registered apprentice through the State. NJMEP will provide the forms and assistance in the completion of all required documentation.

Step 2: Program Development

Although the program is a standardized apprenticeship program around the occupations of Technical Sales, and Industrial Manufacturing Production Technician, customizing the on-the-job learning help ensure the success of the program and the ability of the programs training needs to fit the needs of the company. NJMEP will work with the client to formalize and adapt the NJMEP Registered Apprenticeship for the occupation and tailor the program to meet the specific skill sets and needs of the employer.

Step 3: Selection

In parallel with the above, the NJMEP team will work with the client to finalize / formalize the requirements for entry into the program. This will include tenure on the job, job performance, etc. In addition, NJMEP will present alternatives for testing, screening and selection. NJMEP can facilitate candidate selection including the testing of all candidates for screening, aptitude and placement. The team will work with the Employer to identify baseline requirements, administer testing for all candidates and assist with the selection of Apprentice candidates.

New Jersey USDOL Registered Apprenticeship Programs

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EEO Statement

New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program will not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants or apprentices based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, genetic information, or because they are an individual with a disability or a person 40 years old or older. New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 30.

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