Registered Apprenticeship Programs

What is a Registered Apprenticeship Program?

A Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) is a proven model of apprenticeship that has been validated by the U.S. Department of Labor or a State Apprenticeship Agency. RAPs give employers the ability to access a diverse pool of talented potential employees who are prepared to step into entry-level management positions through obtaining paid-work experience, classroom instruction, and nationally recognized qualifications.

Thousands of manufacturers across the U.S. and among our global competitors use the Registered Apprenticeship training model to recruit, train, and retain workers with the right skills. Registered Apprenticeship has been the most effective training model for enhancing companies’ performance and competitiveness.

Build Your Company's Program

Through the Women in Manufacturing Association's® (WiM) partnership with Jobs for the Future, WiM corporate members, chapters, and individual members have access to a streamlined way of building their own Registered Apprenticeship Program. Jobs for the Future works to connect interested corporations with the appropriate partner to carry out a successful and equitable Registered Apprenticeship Program by providing technical assistance in recruiting, retaining, and training women in manufacturing Registered Apprenticeship Programs.

Benefits of Building a RAP
  • Customize training to meet the company’s needs
  • Recruit and develop a diverse and highly- skilled workforce
  • Improve productivity, profitability, and the company’s bottom line
  • Reduce turnover, improve loyalty, and retain top talent
  • Demonstrate investment in the community
  • Create effective and efficient training practices
  • Upskill the company’s current workforce
  • Provide pathways for career advancement

 Inquire About building your own program! 

Best Practices Webinar Series

Throughout the year, Women in Manufacturing holds Best Practices webinars. Hear stories of successful programs, Tips and Tricks to starting a RAP, meet women who have gone through the apprenticeship program and so much more! 

Next Webinar: Strategies for Recruiting for Registered Apprenticeship Programs

Join us for a FREE Registered Apprenticeship Program Best Practices Webinar - Recruiting for RAPs on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at 2:00 PM (EST). Dorinda Byers and Dina Igoe from the Manhattan Strategy Group will join us to talk about successful recruitment techniques, connecting with Students and Gen Z and using data to help in recruiting. Don't miss this insightful webinar to learn how to promote your program!

For more info or to Register Click here!

Past Webinars:
  • Recruiting for RAPs
  • Managing an Apprenticeship Program in Partnership with a Union
  • Targeted Recruiting and Retention Practices for RAPs
  • Registered Apprenticeship Programs 101 with Scott Elsworth
  • Panel Discussion with Community Colleges and Technical Schools on how they partner with businesses
  • Hear From Cheryl Thompson, a past Apprentice and how it helped her career
  • Susan Emmerich with BASF how they successfully built a RAP from the ground up
  • And more!


Become an Apprentice

View additional testimonials in our RAP Virtual Library.

Benefits of Joining a RAP
  • Learn the skills and abilities needed to progress 
  • Receive nationally recognized, portable certification
  • Learn new skills 
  • Fosters a culture of continuous learning



There were 27,385 active apprenticeship programs in 2021, which was 2,418 more active programs than there were in 2021.


There are 312, 554 more registered apprentices in 2023 than there were in 2013.


The manufacturing industry is the fourth most popular industry to employ apprentices in 2023.


Employer Benefits 
Employee Benefits 
  • Opportunity to invest in employees 
  • Improves retention and makes recruitment easier 
  • Ability to build a program tailored to your needs
  • Know what skills your employees are learning
  • Reduced costs
  • Marketing tool 
  • Know what skills and abilities are needed to progress 
  • Receive nationally recognized, portable certification
  • Learn new sills 
  • Culture of continuous learning

For further questions on Registered Apprenticeship Programs, contact Jen Amburn at