APPRENTICESHIP DETAILS FOR
Workforce Partners & Educators
If you're part of an educational system or a workforce organization that supports people in finding jobs, education, and training opportunities, you might want to consider joining a Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP).
A RAP is a career path that offers paid work experience and a nationally-recognized credential. All RAPs are:
Paid, with wage increases as the apprentice progresses
Eligible for college credits
Verified by the U.S. Department of Labor and State Apprenticeship Agency standards
BPA has developed the Energy Specialist RAP to help expand the clean energy workforce and build a pipeline of highly qualified talent.
We're in search of workforce partners who can:
- Help us spread the word about the apprenticeship program
- Equip community organizations with the tools they need to create positive impacts in their communities
An apprenticeship is a structured education and training program that takes place in the workplace and includes formal on-the-job (OTJ) and classroom-based, related technical instruction (RTI).
An apprentice must complete 2,000 hours of OTJ and 144 hours of RTI, which can take 2-5 years to complete. An apprentice is a full-time employee of the employer or sponsor and is paid a wage that is subject to minimum wage regulations. As the apprentice hits milestones along the training path, their wage increases according to program standards.
Some employers choose to administer their own program in-house, so they have full control of the program, while others find it helpful to partner with another entity to handle the program management and administration—that entity is considered a program sponsor.
Apprenticeships are highly specialized to meet the unique needs of a specific job.
- Reduces employee turnover
- Increases productivity
- Improves safety
- Creates a pipeline of qualified employees
- Meets licensing requirements
- Covers costs through tax credits and grants
- Fosters a direct connection with clean energy industries
- Keeps curriculum aligned with the rapidly evolving sector demands
- Offers collaborative partnerships with industry leaders
- Prepares students for high-demand roles in a burgeoning field
- Offers a wealth of resources and research
- Earn an income while working on a career pathway
- Obtain skills and knowledge
- Work alongside a skilled mentor
- Receive a nationally recognized credential upon program completion
Let Us Help
BPA is working within the ACE Network—a consortium of apprenticeship specialists—that is ready to extend its expertise to clean energy companies, training providers, academic institutions, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders throughout the process of designing, registering, implementing, and scaling Registered Apprenticeships for clean energy occupations.
Outreach and Education
Learn about the benefits of RAs, explore options for creating new programs or joining existing ones, understand the steps involved in registering and administering RA training programs to develop a skilled and diverse workforce, and prepare to manage programs in compliance with state and federal regulations.
- Website, webinars, and workshops
- Networking and peer learning
- Tools and resources
Obtain personalized support to navigate the apprenticeship landscape, build successful programs, and recruit and retain diverse apprentices.
- Program design and registration
- Occupational analysis
- Curriculum design
- Stakeholder convening and partnership development
- Identifying and securing financial incentives
- Recruitment and retention of diverse candidates
- Compliance and record keeping
Limited direct financial assistance is available to clean energy employers to help mitigate costs associated with recruiting, training, and mentoring diverse apprentices.
Get Started Today
Complete the form below to submit your information and get connected with a member of the BPA team. We will be in touch soon to help you get your RAP off the ground!
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