In Europe, the apprenticeship program has experienced success for many decades. Under
the auspices of the US and NJ Departments of Labor, apprenticeships may be found in
many different fields and reflect participation in a nationally recognized workforce
development structure. In many cases schools provide related technical instruction in the
most matriculated fields. BCIT currently offers apprenticeship training in auto
mechanics, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, HVAC/R and Welding. However, BCIT is
looking to expand the apprenticeships related technical instruction in a number of
emerging fields of interest that support green technology, water/wastewater management,
manufacturing, fabrication and engineering that may include customized related technical
instruction to support these interests.
Working closely with the US Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship Training,
Employer and Labor Services (OATELS) and the NJ Department of Labor and
Workforce Development (NJLWD), apprentice students must be registered and must
fulfill as part of the apprenticeship a theory component consisting of a minimum of 144
hours and in many cases 576 hours of Related Technical Instruction (RTI), and a
practical experience consisting of up to 8,000 hours of On-the-Job Training (OJT)
responding to set trade processes with a registered sponsor (employer) with the US
Department of Labor. After meeting the RTI requirements and OJT, a registered
apprentice student is positioned to receive a Certificate of Completion from the U.S.
Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship the certificate of which is a recognized and
respected credential, which reflects successful completion of academic achievement and actual
work experience. In some cases, the RTI may be eligible for college credit up to 24 college
credits toward an Associates Degree in Technical Studies.
For information regarding Apprenticeship Registration, please contact the Burlington County
Apprenticeship Coordinator, Mr. Patrick Cruet. For information regarding scheduling,
pricing, and registration for classroom training, please contact the respective BCIT Adult
Education Office at the nearest campus: BCIT Medford (609) 654-0200 ext. 8426 or BCIT
Westampton (609) 267-4226 ext. 8230.
A participant must have a high school diploma, be 18 years of age and have the ability to
complete the coursework associated with the respective field of interest. The programs
are a perfect opportunity to add a skill set for a college or post college graduate, cross-training
for interdisciplinary applications, a solution for veterans, returnships to those who are seeking to re-enter the workforce after a period of time, career changers, those
who have children, underemployed, unemployed, those who have gaps in their resume, a
second chance for formerly incarcerated or boost of confidence for those in post-rehabilitation.
BCIT Adult Education is a conduit to position students of all ages and
circumstances in life to reinvent themselves or launch careers while subscribing to a
commitment to be lifelong learners.
Economic Value of Apprenticeships:
An apprentice is
committed to the employer and comes to the employer concurrent with trade codes and
academic standards. The apprentice brings to the workplace a rigorous technical
education while learning advanced related industry work processes incorporated into
customized on-the-job training by the employer or sponsor. Given this duality, a benefit
realized by an employer is that apprenticeships are opportunities to develop and maintain
highly skilled employees. Last, as a result of the commitment by the employer to the
apprentice regarding the payment of wages and appropriate training, employers may be
eligible for benefits such as tax incentives.
Interested prospective apprentices are encouraged to contact Mr. Patrick Cruet,
Burlington County Apprentice Coordinator, for more information. He may be contacted
at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 609-267-4226 ext. 8330.