Marcia Hultman

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Training Opportunities for Individuals



About U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeships

Registered Apprenticeship programs available through the U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship System meet the skilled workforce needs of American industry, having trained millions of qualified individuals for lifelong careers since 1937. Registered Apprenticeship helps mobilize America's workforce with structured, on-the-job learning in traditional industries such as construction and manufacturing, in addition to new emerging industries such as health care, information technology, energy, telecommunications and more. Registered Apprenticeship connects job seekers looking to learn new skills with employers looking for qualified workers, resulting in a workforce with industry-driven training and employers with a competitive edge.

Registered Apprenticeship programs aid in recruiting new personnel, and often support the activities of your human resources department. Investing in the future of your employees can strengthen their loyalty to your company. Teaching employees new skills and providing incremental raises increase productivity, decreases turnover and saves your company money spent on training. In addition, Registered Apprenticeship will help your employees become nationally certified, which will ensure a quality product and knowledgeable employees.

Flexibility of the Registered Apprenticeship Program

The Office of Apprenticeship will work with you to create a flexible training program appropriate for your business. Private and public sectors – individual employers, employer associations or joint labor/management sponsors, operate Registered Apprenticeship programs. Registered programs range in size from one apprentice to hundreds depending on the employer. As your workforce needs change, we will help you adjust your training curriculum or design a new program if necessary. Registered Apprenticeship programs can be competency based or time based depending on program sponsor needs.

Benefits to the Employer

  • Developing a reservoir of skilled workers, many of whom are potential supervisors;
  • Customizable to match employers' needs, and highly flexible to always to meet employers' changing requirements;
  • Lowering costs by increasing productivity as employees become more skilled;
  • Reducing labor turnover and absenteeism through employee motivation to learn new job skills;
  • Receiving national recognition for efforts to train people in all aspects of their occupation;
  • Providing a more flexible workforce because of greater employee skills;
  • Creating improved customer satisfaction generated by quality workmanship.

Benefits to the Apprentice

  • Receiving related instruction to supplement on-the-job training;
  • Earning while learning;
  • Receiving formal on-the-job training from a qualified worker;
  • Receiving regular pay increases as job skills increase;
  • Acquiring a skill which allows for more effectively competing in the labor market.

To find out more about the Registered Apprenticeship program please contact:
John R. Bolger, State Director
U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration
Office of Apprenticeship
221 S. Central Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
605.224.7984 (fax)

See a list of Registered Apprenticeships in South Dakota.

To become listed on the State of South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation website as offering a registered apprenticeship, please contact the Department of Labor and Regulation at 605.773.5017.