Registered Apprenticeship

Propel Your Arkansas Business Forward with Registered Apprenticeship

Why Start a Registered Apprenticeship program for Your Business?

Today, leading in any industry is fueled in part by effective recruitment, retention, and talent development strategies.

The Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) is an employer-driven workforce strategy that includes structured training, mentorship and hands-on learning to grow and develop employee talent. By starting a Registered Apprenticeship Program, businesses can positively impact talent attraction efforts, minimize recruiting challenges and hire motivated, highly-trained workers. 

This program is a cost-effective, sustainable solution for workforce deficits across industries and sectors. This includes sectors traditionally thought of when considering apprenticeships, including building and construction trades, in addition to non-traditional Registered Apprenticeship Programs in health care, information technology and education.  

Establishing a Registered Apprenticeship Program is a process in which your business has access to support and guidance from the Arkansas Office of Skills Development. Hundreds of businesses, including Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Post Foods, Lockheed Martin, Simmons Bank and several school districts across the state are already taking advantage of the many benefits of utilizing Registered Apprentice Programs to address workforce needs. 

This is not just a tool used to fill open positions; it is about cultivating appropriately-trained, highly-skilled, loyal employees who are equipped to address existing talent pipeline and succession-planning obstacles.

Fill out the form below to learn how to get your company involved in the Registered Apprenticeship Program.

Registered Apprenticeship


Learn more about the process of creating a Registered Apprenticeship Program through the Arkansas Office of Skills Development

Benefits of Registered Apprenticeship Program for Arkansas Employers
  • Develop a workforce with the skills you need: The RAP helps Arkansas companies train their workforce to fit the specific needs, standards and values of their business. That can reduce the months of on-boarding and training usually required to get new hires up to speed.  
  • Reduce recruitment costs: RAPs can help Arkansas companies in multiple sectors find, train and hire qualified, highly-motivated candidates. By the completion of a Registered Apprenticeship Program, companies have an employee who has made a personal investment in the success and culture of your business.
  • Improve employee retention: Registered Apprenticeship Programs help workers find their place at a company, making them feel more like a vital part of the team than any short-term internship ever could. Studies show around 94% of Registered Apprentices stay with their host company after completing the program.
  • Strengthen your brand: Participating in a Registered Apprenticeship Program demonstrates your company’s commitment to innovative workforce development and growing our shared economy, fostering good will and community engagement by providing more Arkansans with an accessible, low-cost path to achieve their career and income goals.
  • Access to funding: State and federal grants and tax incentives may be available to support and fund your company’s RAP efforts.
    Visit this link to learn more about funding opportunities available through the Office of Skills Development. 

Benefits of Registered Apprenticeship For Arkansas Workers
  • Earn while you learn: Registered Apprentices get paid while gaining valuable work experience and learning immersive, industry-specific skills.
  • Structured learning: Participants receive classroom instruction along with on-the-job training, ensuring a well-rounded and immediately job-applicable education.
  • A portable work credential: Upon completion of an RAP, participants earn a nationally-recognized credential that can improve their resume and lifelong employment opportunities.
  • Expanded career opportunities: Registered Apprenticeship Programs help participants break into high-paying industries while building connections and job-ready experience at great Arkansas companies.

How Can Arkansas Companies Participate in Registered Apprenticeship Programs?

The Arkansas Office of Skills Development (OSD) has long been a champion of the Registered Apprenticeship Program model. 

Our organization provides free, comprehensive, easy-to-understand support for businesses looking to launch their own Registered Apprentice efforts. From navigating the requirements involved in setting up a program to accessing financial incentives, the OSD is here to guide Arkansas businesses every step of the way. 

By fostering a robust ecosystem of corporate and non-profit partners in Arkansas and promoting the opportunities of RAP through various channels, the OSD helps ensure Arkansas businesses can easily connect with both qualified candidates and subject matter experts. That can make launching a successful Registered Apprenticeship Program much smoother and more beneficial to your company’s workforce needs.

Join the ranks of forward-thinking companies that are shaping the future of our economy through Registered Apprenticeship Programs in Arkansas. Contact us today, and let the Arkansas Office of Skills Development be your partner in this transformative journey. Together, we can build a brighter and more prosperous future for your business and all Arkansans.


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