How to Become an Apprenticeship Sponsor - Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program (MATP)
- Do you want a highly skilled workforce, ready to meet the needs of your industry?
- Do you want a sustainable workforce with a reduction in turnover?
- Do you want to train your employees in the most up to date technologies in your industry without sacrificing production time?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, sponsoring a registered apprenticeship program may be the solution you are looking for. To sponsor a registered apprenticeship program you can start by contacting Maryland Apprenticeship and Training and speaking with your area Field Representative. Your Field Representative can help you develop program standards, connect you with existing resources and programs you may wish to consider using, and help you prepare your written request to register, including all the necessary data and forms required. Maryland Apprenticeship and Training would like to make the registration process as easy and smooth as possible for our sponsors. Much of the application process can be model-based and your program can use existing program models to formulate a program meeting your training needs. Apprenticeships are designed and run by the sponsor so your program can be set up to meet your specific needs as long as it meets all regulations.
All apprenticeship standards requirements can be found on the Regulations page in Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Law and Regulations Subtitle 12 Division of Labor and Industry, Chapter 43 Maryland Apprenticeship and Training, Section .05 Standards of an Apprenticeship Program. Some of the standards of an apprenticeship program include:
- A written plan of the program including all terms and conditions
- An Equal Opportunity pledge
- The method of selecting apprentices
- The requirements of the program
- An organized syllabus of training, including approximate time allocations for each work process, and related instruction
- Apprentice wage rates
- Assurance of qualified training personnel and the ratio of apprentices to journeypersons
- A method of tracking apprentice progress through the program
- Safety Equipment Practices
Once your program is drafted, it will be reviewed by the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council. The council will then vote to approve your program. Upon being approved you will then complete the Employer Acceptance Agreement, found under Publications, to then register your program.
Once the program is registered you can hire apprentices to be trained through your program. Be sure to register your apprentices and submit an application for the Certificate of Completion when the apprentice completes the program.
Top 5 Benefits
- Increases productivity
- Ensures versatility of craft workers
- Reduces turnover
- Reduces cost of training
- Addresses a sponsor’s need to remain competitive within an industry
For additional information, contact:
Division of Labor and Industry
Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program
1100 N. Eutaw Street - Room 606
Baltimore, MD 21201