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Apprenticeship Training (APP) / On-the-Job Training (OJT)

QUALIFICATIONS FOR APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING

The facility’s training program must be a U.S. Department of Labor registered apprenticeship prior to seeking SAA approval. Program and regulatory requirements for apprenticeship training program include:

  • The program must be at least 2,000 hours; however, typically is 4,000 hours or longer in duration.
  • There must be an outline of work processes for the program.
  • There must be a provision for related instruction. The amount per year can vary, but 144 hours per year is the minimum.
  • There will be a progressively increasing wage scale. The GI Bill® educational beneficiary must be paid minimum wage and no less than a similarly qualified non-veteran.
  • There must be periodic reviews and evaluations of the trainee’s progress. There must also be a system to record hours worked, training received and progress made.
  • There should be an appropriate ratio of trained workers to trainees. This ratio must ensure that the GI Bill® educational beneficiary will be able to receive adequate supervision during the training program.
  • There should be a reasonable probationary period.
  • There must be a written training agreement. This agreement is to be signed by the trainee, the employer/sponsor and the Department of Labor.
  • The employer/sponsor must grant appropriate credit for previous training. This decision is made by the employer/sponsor and is reported to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
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QUALIFICATIONS FOR OJT TRAINING

Program and regulatory requirements for on-the-job training programs include:

  • OJT programs are generally at least six months, but not more than two years of full-time training.
  • The OJT program must outline the required training tasks as well as the number of hours devoted to attain the skill.
  • OJT programs must have a progressively increasing wage scale. The Veteran and/or eligible dependent must be paid minimum wage and no less than a similarly qualified non-Veteran. In addition, the Veteran and/or eligible dependent must meet the 50% / 85% wage requirement. This requires that the Veteran and/or eligible dependent must start the training program with a wage of at least 50% of the fully trained wage, receive regular periodic wage increases, and no later than the last full month of training be paid at least 85% of the fully trained wage (local, state and federal government employers are exempt from this requirement).
  • There must be a periodic review and evaluation of the trainee/beneficiary’s progress. There must be a system to record hours worked and training received. There also should be a system to measure the quality of the trainee/beneficiary’s progress.
  • There must be an appropriate ratio of trained workers to trainees. This ratio must ensure that the trainee/beneficiary’s will be able to receive adequate supervision during the training program.
  • There must be a reasonable certainty that the trainee/beneficiary’s will continue to be employed after the completion of the training program.
  • There must be a written training agreement signed by the trainee/beneficiary’s and the employer/sponsor detailing the above.
  • Credit for Prior Training: Granting of appropriate credit for previous training. This decision is made by the employer/sponsor and is reported to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Initial Inspection

As a part of the initial approval process, a physical inspection will be made by SAA staff membership to validate the appropriateness of the facility with the program being taught and its conduciveness to learning.

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