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The Maine Apprenticeship Program (MAP) is a formal, industry-led, nationally-recognized, workforce training program for employees that provides in-house skill development through structured on-the-job learning supplemented with technical and theoretical course work.

What is an Apprenticeship sponsor and what are its duties?

A sponsor may be a single employer, a group of employers in a sector, a trade association or a union.

A sponsor must provide a safe on-the-job learning environment, expose and allow the apprentice to learn and practice all of the skills prescribed in the standards, and provide incremental wage increases as the apprentice gains proficiency and completes course requirements.

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Who can be an apprentice?

Any existing employee or new hire can become an Apprentice as long as they:

  • Have their high school diploma or GED
  • Are over the age of 16
  • Are committed to furthering their education, both in the classroom and on the job

Benefits of sponsoring Apprenticeship:

  • Provides you with a formal, industry recognized, in-house training program specific to your needs
  • Engages employees in self-directed learning and incents them to advance their skills
  • Is proven to reduce employee turnover and increase productivity, quality, safety, and worker versatility
  • Attracts employees who are interested in, and have aptitudes to learn the skills required by your industry
  • Gives your industry a voice in workforce education and training matters and links your company to other workforce development resources and information
  • Helps to pay the cost of your supervisor or journey worker upgrade training to ensure you have the best in-house trainers or mentors for your program
  • Allows you to pay wages commensurate with their skill levels on Davis Bacon and Prevailing Wage contracts
  • Keeps your company apprised of best practices, new approaches and resources for workforce skill development

What support can an apprenticeship sponsor expect?

The Maine Apprenticeship Program:

  • Assists with development of your program
  • Helps to identify related instruction providers
  • Registers your program for federal purposes
  • Pays up to 50% of the cost of related instruction classes