Registered Apprenticeship

Registered Apprenticeship

Apprentices learning on-the-job training by trade professionalMichigan’s economy continues to recover from the devastating job losses of the last recession. However, the state’s labor exchange system is continually challenged to find talent with new and emerging skill sets.  As more employers across a wide spectrum of industries and in multiple regions throughout the state, become familiar with the apprenticeship training model, its direct value and available incentives, there is a growing demand in Michigan for new apprentices.  There is a need for adults who can move quickly into journeyman status, with or without experiential and academic qualifications, as well as for a pipeline of youth to fill future jobs that will become vacant due to a retiring workforce, or new jobs that emerge through ever advancing technology.  Those opportunities exist, not only in the traditional skilled trades, but also in energy, health care, information technology and advanced manufacturing. 


Michigan State Apprenticeship Expansion
Lansing, MI 48913
Phone: 517-335-5858, E-Mail:

Office of Apprenticeship
U.S. Department of Labor
Phone: 517-377-1747,  E-Mail:

What is Registered Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship combines classroom studies with extensive on-the-job training under the supervision of journey level craftperson or trade professional.

Components of Registered Apprenticeship Training:

  1. Business Involvement
  2. Structured On-the-Job Training
  3. Related Training and Instruction
  4. Rewards for Skill Gains
  5. National Occupational Credential

Learn more about these components

Learn more about Registered Apprenticeship


Becoming an Employer Sponsor

Benefits to Employers

Employer Training ApprenticeYour company must be ready to compete in the global economy. By training apprentices you will create an employee pool that will contribute to your bottom line and meet your future workforce needs. Apprenticeship training is a key investment in your company’s future. Key benefits include:

  • Helps recruit and develop a highly skilled workforce
  • Improves productivity and the bottom line
  • Reduces turnover costs and increases employee retention
  • Creates industry-driven and flexible training solutions to meet national and local needs

Learn more about these key benefits

Getting Started

US DOL Quick-Start Toolkit
Building Registered Apprenticeship Programs

Contact the U.S. Department of Labor - Office of Apprenticeship for Michigan.
This office will make an on-site visit and work with you to determine appropriate job titles and the training schedule. The U.S. DOL Office of Apprenticeship for Michigan is:

Office of Apprenticeship
U.S. Department of Labor
Phone: 517-377-1747

Becoming an Apprentice

Becoming an Apprentice

Engineer Training ApprenticeBenefits to Apprentices

  • A paycheck from day one
  • Hands on career training
  • An education and the potential to earn college credit
  • A career once you complete your apprenticeship
  • National industry certification

Learn more about these benefits

Visit or call the nearest local area Michigan Works! Agency to identify apprenticeship opportunities in the trade or industry of interest to you.  Or contact an employer or union engaged in the trade or industry you want to enter.

Apprenticeable Occupations
Apprenticeships can be found in all industries, from traditional sectors like Construction and Manufacturing to emerging sectors like Energy, Health Care, and Information Technology. This is a list of all available occupations in Registered Apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship Opportunities

MI Network

Apprenticeship Resources

Apprenticeship USA State Expansion GrantPartnership

These grants are being used to bolster Registered Apprenticeship (RA) expansion in four ways: 1) through successful mobilization of sector strategies, 2) the expansion of existing state initiatives, 3) development and dissemination of resources and tools to assist in building state capacity, and 4) implementation of a tiered incentive program to increase the number of employers establishing new RA in targeted industries. Michigan’s Apprenticeship USA State Expansion Grants - Michigan ApprenticeshipUSA Industry Cluster Approach (MAICA) grant will assist potential employer sponsors and apprentices with effectively exploring, partnering, developing, registering, and launching RA.

Apprenticeship Success Coordinators (ASC)

MWAs support activities and will function as an ASC to assist employers with local projects to effectively launch, register, conduct, report on, and ensure successful completion of new Registered Apprenticeships.

Apprenticeship Success Coordinator Contacts →

Going PRO Talent Fund

The Going PRO Talent Fund (Talent Fund), formerly known as the Skilled Trades Training Fund, makes awards to employers to assist in training, developing and retaining current and newly hired employees. Training funded by the Talent Fund must be short-term and fill a demonstrated talent need experienced by the employer. Training must lead to a credential for a skill that is transferable and recognized by industry.


MAT2 uses the German apprenticeship training program as a model for inspiration. The program represents a collaboration between global industry leaders and Michigan educators to provide a competency-based training program that addresses manufacturers’ needs for globally-competitive technicians in the areas of mechatronics and CNC. In 2015 Michigan became the first state in the United States to receive approval from the German Chamber of Commerce network for the alignment of its company consortium based apprenticeship mechatronics training program to German standards.

Through MAT2, students earn an associate’s degree in a high-tech, in-demand field, with tuition costs paid by their employer. Trainees receive on-the-job training with pay; a school stipend; and are guaranteed a job upon successful completion of the program. The state provides $5,000 grants to offset employers’ tuition costs. The program currently offers Mechatronics and CNC training programs.


Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity - Workforce Development
Phone: 517-335-5858

View Programs and Advocacy Resources
Michigan has deployed a number of approaches to promote and support the apprenticeship training model.