Apprenticeship is a method for training highly skilled workers through formalized on-the-job training (OJT) and related theory instruction. Apprentices and their employer-sponsor complete an apprentice agreement, which is sent to the U.S. Department of Labor and the N.J. Department of Labor and Workforce Development for registration approval. Upon successful completion of the required OJT, as specified in the approved work process, and successful completion of the related theory instruction, the apprentice will receive an Apprentice Completion Certificate from the U. S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training. These completion certificates are recognized throughout the United States and can be used to document training and experience for job applications and licensing procedures. Participants that complete the related theory instruction program at the Cape May County Technical School will also receive a certificate of completion for those hours from the school. Students may attend the related theory instruction classes as an unregistered student as class space permits, but will not be eligible for apprentice completion certificates from the U.S. Department of Labor.
Full-time employment is required to be registered as an apprentice. Registered apprentices must successfully complete the OJT hours, as specified in the individual approved trade work process, and a specified number of related theory instruction hours in order to qualify for certification of apprenticeship completion
For the non-union employee interested in apprenticeship training, related theory instruction may be obtained through coursework approved by the County Apprenticeship Coordinator at a technical/trade school.Related theory instruction is generally provided through the union affiliate for employees of a union associated business.
CMCTS currently provides related theory instruction for a Plumbing Apprenticeship Program which is in its fourth and final year of the program and is scheduled to be completed in April 2012. The tuition and supply fee for the 2011-2012 year is $320.00 per semester. Textbooks for the program are generally between $100.00 and $150.00 per year.
The Cape May County Technical School is interested in offering additional apprenticeship programs for the Plumbing and Electrical trades in the near future and may consider other options if there is sufficient interest. Customized programs to suit specific business needs may also be developed.
For additional information about apprenticeship, please contact:
County Apprenticeship Coordinator in the Adult Education Office at (609) 465-2161, extension 633.