Apprenticeship for Adults

Apprenticeship for Employers

What is Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is a relationship between an employer and an employee during which the worker, or apprentice, learns a trade.  Training lasts a specified length of time.  An apprenticeship covers all aspects of the trade and includes both on-the-job training and related instruction.

What are apprenticeable occupations?
There are more than 800 apprenticeable occupations currently recognized by the United States Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship (OA).  Apprenticeable occupations can be found in all types of businesses and industries such as electronics, construction, service, metalworking, public administration, and medical and healthcare.  All occupations are listed on the Office of Apprenticeship (OA) website.

What employers can have an apprenticeship program?
Apprenticeship programs can work for companies of all sizes, not just large ones.  A program can be sponsored by a single employer, a group of large or small employers, or a union.  Actually, only one apprentice may constitute the establishment of an apprenticeship program.

How will an apprenticeship program help employers?
If employers need trained workers now and in the future, they can benefit from an apprenticeship program. It is proven that apprentices are more motivated, are learning their jobs faster, are more loyal to an employer who helped provide their training, and are more likely to become supervisors than workers trained in other ways. The cost of on-the-job training through apprenticeship is lower because wages are paid in proportion to the skills and abilities of the apprentice. The apprentice begins earning approximately half the wages of workers fully trained in the occupation. Wages usually increase at six-month intervals until training is completed.

What instruction is required for apprenticeship programs?
Training can last from one to five years depending on the occupation and its requirements.  Instruction includes related subjects such as mathematics, blueprint reading, applied English, and technical courses necessary for specific occupations.  Instruction can also be provided through traditional classroom presentations or an individual competency-based program that allows apprentices to advance according to their abilities.  Instruction is then applied under the supervision of a skilled journey worker through on-the-job training.  Apprentices will receive certification of instruction through OA and any sponsoring post-secondary institution.

What kind of financial assistance can employers receive to establish apprenticeship programs?
State funds are available for improving and enhancing traditional apprenticeship programs in Arkansas.  Two options are available – funds may be awarded for each hour of instruction delivered to a class or for each hour of instruction received by an apprentice.

How can employers get more details about establishing an apprenticeship program?
A representative of the OA or the State Apprenticeship Office (SAO) will be happy to explain in detail how the apprenticeship program works.  They can also help in developing a training program to fit an employer’s specific needs and can act as a liaison to local educational institutions that can provide classroom or related instruction.

Contact Information

Dr. Dawn Tirado Hamby
Director, Office of Apprenticeship
Department of Commerce
Office of Skills Development Division
Three Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR  72201-1083
Phone:  501-682-1360
Fax:  501-682-1355
E-mail: [email protected]

Randy Prather, Arkansas State Director
United States Department of Labor
Office of Apprenticeship 
Federal Building, Room 3507
700 West Capitol Avenue
Little Rock, AR  72201
Phone:  501-324-5415
Email: [email protected]
DOL Office of Apprenticeship

Businesses Apprenticeship Brochure

Construction Education Program


The Construction Industry Craft Training Education Program is a program designed to assist the construction industry in Arkansas to further develop the competency and skill level of their employees.  Monies for this program are available to qualified construction programs only.  To be qualified, the program must be performing actual work in Arkansas, the training must take place in Arkansas,and the applicant should be currently sponsoring a training, apprenticeship, or educational program in Arkansas that is approved by or registered with the State Apprenticeship Office and /or the United States Department of Labor/Office of Apprenticeship (USDOL/OA). Each application meeting these criteria will be reviewed by the State Apprenticeship Office and the Arkansas Apprenticeship Coordination Steering Committee.

Any programs wishing to apply should contact the State Apprenticeship Office at 501-682-1360.

Staff Contacts

Department of Commerce
Office of Skills Development Division

Apprenticeship Office
1 Commerce Way Ste 604

Little Rock, AR  72202
Phone:  501-682-1360
Fax:  501-682-1355

Dr. Dawn Tirado Hamby
Director, Office of Apprenticeship
[email protected]

Rocky Mantooth
Program Advisor – Plumbing, Miscellaneous
[email protected]

Ron Baker
Program Advisor – Electrical
[email protected]

Janet Robinson
Fiscal Support Analyst
[email protected]