IREC: Registered Apprenticeships Toolkit for Clean Energy Employers
This toolkit is intended to provide employers and other stakeholders with the background information and supplemental resources needed to implement Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs) to develop a clean energy workforce.
Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs) are a key tool for developing, scaling, and sustaining a diverse pipeline of trained talent ready to power the transition to a clean energy future. This toolkit is intended to provide employers and other stakeholders with the background information and supplemental resources needed to implement RAPs to develop a clean energy workforce.
Key Components of a Registered Apprenticeship Program
✔ INDUSTRY-LED Apprenticeable occupations are industry-vetted and approved to ensure alignment with industry standards, orientation toward commonly recognized in-demand occupations, and consistency of training and experience requirements across programs.
✔ PAID JOB Apprentices are paid employees who receive wage increases at predetermined intervals as they gain knowledge, skills, and experience.
✔ STRUCTURED ON-THE-JOB LEARNING AND MENTORSHIP Apprenticeships developed skilled workers through structured learning in a work setting with guidance and oversight from a skilled and experienced mentor.
✔ SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATION Related instruction in a classroom setting (virtual or in person) supports attainment of job-related knowledge and skills.
✔ DIVERSITY Apprenticeship regulations ensure RAPs have strong non-discrimination, anti-harassment, and recruitment practices to ensure that access, equity, and inclusion principles are thoroughly embedded.
✔ QUALITY AND SAFETY Apprentices are covered by workplace protections while on the job and are provided with rigorous training in the knowledge and skills they need to be safe.
✔ CREDENTIALS Upon completion, apprentices earn a portable, nationally recognized credential issued by the DOL, and may earn additional industry certifications during the program.
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