TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce, in partnership with KANSASWORKS, has launched a new website aimed at connecting job seekers with Kansas companies offering on-the-job training through the state’s Registered Apprenticeship program. KSapprenticeship.org offers easy-to-follow navigation for both job seekers and businesses, enabling both to better leverage the resources available to connect employers with potential apprentices.
“The new KSapprenticeship.org site is a powerful tool to help meet the rising needs of Kansas industry for a workforce trained on the latest in advanced technology and equipment,” says Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D.. “The Registered Apprenticeship program in our state is invaluable in preparing Kansas workers to compete in today’s ever-changing economy. This new website will help us continue to grow the number and quality of Registered Apprentices in our state.”
“We are excited about the launch of this new website which will help our state’s employers find and develop a loyal and highly-skilled workforce,” said Mike Beene, Director of Employment Services for the Kansas Department of Commerce. “Like the Registered Apprenticeship program itself, the new website will effectively meet the needs of both employers and workers.”
Guided informational pathways for job seekers include information for veterans and students, plus an application to get started as an apprentice. For businesses, the website provides a wealth of information on the process of offering Registered Apprenticeships and an application to apply for the program.
About the Kansas Registered Apprenticeship Program
The Kansas Registered Apprenticeship Program balances a unique partnership between job seekers and employers throughout the state. Registered Apprenticeship is an employment-and-training program where job seekers earn wages while learning a skilled profession in a specific field, such as construction, healthcare, or culinary arts.
Registered Apprenticeship combines classroom studies with on-the-job training supervised by a skilled employee. Much like a college education, it takes several years to become fully trained in an occupation. Unlike college, apprentices earn a paycheck and gain valuable work experience while they learn. Beginners in the program make less money than skilled workers, but they progress with regular wage increases.
Registered Apprenticeship requires an employer/employee relationship. The sponsor must have a position opening, and individual sponsors select the apprentices.
Minimum age requirements differ by industry, although the typical minimum age is 18 years old. Apprentices complete one to six years of paid, supervised, work-based training and technical instruction. Apprenticeship length varies based on the occupation and should be considered completed when the apprentice performs at the highest skill levels in their professions.