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For Community Colleges

Who can participate in The SUNY Apprenticeship Program?

Any SUNY college is able to receive funds from the Apprentice SUNY grant.

How can your college be involved in this grant?

You can apply for grant funds from the following 4 categories:

  1. Aid in Related Instruction - Registered Apprenticeship requires a minimum of 144 hours of Related Instruction per year in addition to the on-the-job training tasks and hours. While some larger sponsors are able to provide this instruction in house, many employers look to institutions such as SUNY campuses as a source of that instruction. There are many SUNY campuses already involved in providing Related Instruction, but there are some areas of the state that still experi­ence a gap in the availability of Related Instruction. SUNY campuses will help in identifying those gaps and exploring ways to fill the need.
  2. Marketing -This is used for any expense related to executing targeted marketing strategies. Industry roundtables for example, may be performed to convene employers to discuss details of an apprenticeship program. These groups can help identify particular workforce needs and skill gaps that can be filled through registered apprenticeship programs.
  3. Hybrid and Competency Based Tests - Some employers interested in sponsoring Registered Apprenticeship programs are looking beyond the traditional time-based program, where apprentices spend a certain number of hours becoming com­petent in the particular tasks detailed in the training outline, in favor of competency and hybrid programs. Apprentices in competency-based programs participate in the program until they demonstrate a competency in the required on-the-job training and Related Instruction skills. A hybrid program is a competency program that requires a certain number of hours spent on each task before being given the opportunity to demonstrate they have attained the skills. Regulations require that sponsors of both competency and hybrid programs develop both hands-on and written tests to measure the compe­tency of the apprentices and ensure that they have mastered the skills outlined in the work process.
  4. Pre-Apprenticeship Programs - Pre-Apprenticeship programs can be an important part of Registered Apprenticeship. It can give potential apprentices needed skills in order to thrive in and complete their apprenticeship. Developing models for other industries such as advanced manufacturing and healthcare can increase the number of people who meet the minimum requirements for these new trades, as well as in encouraging diversity.