Information For Sponsors

  • Apprenticeship is a federal program.
  • The United States Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship, is the registering agency of Apprentices in New Jersey.
  • An employer or trade union whose business is based in New Jersey may sponsor full time employees as Apprentices.
  • Sponsors are like mentors who provide on-the-job learning (OJL) to full-time employees within one occupational title.
  • Sponsors commit to provide OJL and ensure that apprentices are availalbe to attend RTI classes.
  • Sponsorship is at no cost to the employer since RTI is paid directly by the apprentices to the educational institution(s). 
  • An employer should contact the County Apprenticeship Coordinator to register employees as Apprentices.
  • County Apprenticeship Coordinators are located in each county (typically in the county vocational school) to facilitate Apprentice registration and coordinate Apprenticeship programs in their respective counties.
  • The allowable number of Apprentices:
    • Is determined by the United States Department of Labor
    • Is subject to change over time
    • Varies by county and job classification
    • Is a ratio of the number of full time Trainers to Apprentices
  • An Apprentice is not registered until all original forms are processed and approved by the United States Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship (OA).
  • Sponsors of five or more Apprentices are required to form a Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC).