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What is an Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are a work-based learning model. They are commonly referred to as ‘earn and learn’, where mentored on-the-job training is combined with relevant classroom instruction. The U.S. Department of Labor has five core components to meet quality standards for a registered apprenticeship:

– Employer Participation
– Structured On-the-Job Training
– Related Instruction
– Rewards for Skills Gains
– National Occupational Credential

What Types of Employers Can Participate?
Any company, whether unionized or non-unionized, can offer an apprenticeship program around an existing or new occupation within their organization.

Apprenticeships are also offered in non-traditional industries, which means any organization can benefit from developing an apprenticeship.

What are the benefits to an employer?
– Enhanced Recruitment & Improved Retention to create a stable talent pipeline for attracting and growing your own
– Customized Training resulting in highly skilled workers trained to employer specifications
– Increased Productivity & Knowledge Transfer resulting from on-the-job training and related classroom instruction
– Tax Credits, like the Illinois Apprenticeship Education Expense Tax Credit, and other federal funding resources to offset costs

How Do I Get Started or Learn More?
Reach out to our Regional Business Services Team to learn more about apprenticeships and incorporate the model that works for you, either by calling 815-395-6619 or emailing 


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The Workforce Connection– an Illinois WorkNet Center and partner in the American Job Center network. This program is funded by The Workforce Connection, Inc., Il Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, and the U.S. Department of Labor. The Workforce Connection is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. All voice telephone numbers on this website may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment by calling TTY (800) 526-0844 or 711. Contact the Equal Opportunity Officer at 815-395-6638. This program is subject to the provisions of the “Jobs for Veteran’s Act” Public Law 107-288, which provides priority of services to veterans and spouses of certain veterans. To view additional information related to the U.S. Department of Labor funding of this program, please visit