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Registered Apprenticeship Corner - Sponsors and apprentices alike are invited to check this corner for information, news and noteworthy shared items. 

News and Events 

Governor McAuliffe   New Icon Governor McAuliffe announces the continuing expansion of Registered Apprenticeship in Virginia for Employers and Applicants.
  New Icon Kristina Williams - Plumbing Apprenticeship Program UVA

Overview:  Virginia Youth Registered Apprenticeship

One of DOLI’s goals is to improve opportunities for businesses and employees in the Commonwealth and to contribute to economic development and quality of life for all Virginians.  One opportunity is a Youth Registered Apprenticeship (YRA) program.  Through a coordinated effort involving community, industry, parents and school staff the YRA program addresses the dual role of preparing students for the world of work and providing Virginia with a highly skilled workforce.
School systems can work with business partners to identify opportunities for youth employment based upon the occupational instruction offered at the school.  

The objective of YRA is to expand the state’s skilled workforce by providing young people with career opportunities while completing their high school education.  Part-time student apprenticeship is available to students where programs have been established in accordance with agreements with local public school divisions.

Youth Registered Apprenticeship:  A Stepping Stone to a Career
Youth Registered Apprenticeship (YRA) integrates school-based and work-based learning to help students gain employability and occupational skills.  Local programs provide training based on statewide youth apprenticeship curriculum guidelines, endorsed by business and industry. Students are instructed by qualified teachers and skilled journeyworker worksite experts.

Students are simultaneously enrolled in academic classes to meet high school graduation requirements and in occupation specific related instruction classes.  Once an employer becomes an approved YRA sponsor, the student is hired and registered as an apprentice. The participating sponsor/employer provides supervision and mentorship and the student continues on with the Career Technical Education (CTE) training at his/her school.

Youth Registered Apprenticeship; Virginia
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Success Stories

The Virginia Voluntary Apprenticeship Act is 80 years old this year.  Want to know more?  You can move through this short powerpoint to get a better understanding of the Registered Apprenticeship Program.

Cedar Mountain
  Success Story!  Cedar Mountain Stone

Louis CTE  

Congratulations to Louisa County Public Schools for producing a fantastic video about Career and Technical Education and Youth Apprenticeship.  Your community and school division can do this too!

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West Virginia Women Work  

West Virginia Women Work Come to Virginia

Commerical Machine Success Story  

Commercial Machine Inc., - a Richmond Success Story!

Allfirst   Allfirst - A Suffolk Success Story!


UVA Program  

Facilities Management Members - The University of Virginia facilities management team added seven new members on July 27.  The seven men and women were recognized for completing the university's apprenticeship program. The graduates completed a four year comprehensive program which required them to work 40 hour weeks in addition to classroom learning once a week. The apprentices can choose to specialize in carpentry, electric, VAC, or plumbing, and upon graduation become journey persons in their respective fields. All graduates are offered full-time employment with SUVA facilities management.


UVA Facilities Management Team Additions
Award Ceremony Speaker 1 Award Ceremony Recipient 1 Award Ceremony Recipient 2
Award Ceremony Speaker 2 Award Ceremony Winners Award Ceremony Group Photo

Richmond Technical Center YRA Candidates
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Testimonial from the first Youth Registered Apprenticeship program coordinator:

“Thank you for the leadership and guidance that you and your team provided for the Richmond Technical Center's (RTC) administrators and faculty with the implementation of RTC's Youth Apprenticeship Pilot program. Your leadership and expertise were instrumental in the development and subsequent implementation of RTC's Youth Pilot Apprenticeship program. It was evident at RTC's Youth Pilot Apprenticeship parent orientation that the apprenticeship program is going to be successful. The success of this program is directly related to you and the consultants with the Department of Labor and Industry's continuous support and vigilance in providing the support RTC needed to ensure the success of our Youth Apprenticeship Pilot.  You and your team did an awesome job in providing parents with information regarding apprenticeship regulations and procedures.”   

Please contact Kathleen Eddington, Division Assistant Director, (804) 786-2382 or




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