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PEN Industries >  PEN Reentry > USDOL Apprenticeships USDOL Apprenticeships

United States Department of Labor Apprenticeship

Registered Apprenticeship is a nationally recognized industry focused training program that provides skill certification, for individuals successfully completing all program requirements. This certification brings structure and long term commitment to work assignments within the correctional environment and can greatly assist the Journey Worker in post-incarceration success.

What is Registered Apprenticeship   

 Apprenticeship is a combination of On-the-Job and Related Training Instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a skilled occupation. Throughout the course of this training, the apprentice fulfills a long-term commitment that will benefit them in multiple areas.

The partnership formed between PEN and the U.S. Department of Labor in 2006 has brought Registered Apprenticeship Programming into PEN’s various operations throughout the Indiana Department of Correction. This partnership creates opportunities for offender workers to learn viable job skills, which provide an avenue to meaningful employment after release from incarceration.

Apprenticeship Structure

  • The On-the-Job-Training component requires a minimum 2,000 hours of structured, supervised training. (Apprenticeships in PEN range from 2,000-10,000 hours)
  • Specific skills for each trade are outlined in the work process and provided to the Apprentice upon registration.
  • During the program, supervisors review, evaluate, and maintain records relating to each apprentice’s job performance.  
  • Related Training Instruction is a required component that supplements the On the Job Training of each Apprenticeship offered. (related training instruction requires 144 hours for every 2,000 hours of On-the Job Training)
  • Related Instruction may be administered in a classroom, by a skilled trainer, or through various forms of self-study.

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