Related Technical Instruction
One of most important features of any Registered Apprenticeship (RA) program is the Related Technical Instruction (RTI) component. Here is where the employer/sponsor articulates their need for relevant, occupation specific theoretical content that supports the on the job training that occurs at the worksite. There is great flexibility with respect to modality and we facilitate solutions wherever needed so that each employer/sponsor’s RA program continues to foster industry competencies and valuable employees. Federal regulations are instructive on how RTI can be sourced.
“Related instruction means an organized and systematic form of instruction designed to provide the apprentice with the knowledge of the theoretical and technical subjects related to the apprentice’s occupation. Such instruction may be given in a classroom, through occupational or industrial courses, or by correspondence courses of equivalent value, electronic media, or other forms of self-study approved by the Registration Agency.”
In Virginia, it is the responsibility of the RA Consultant to present the apprenticeship program to prospective employers. We work with the businesses in the initial registration paperwork, the progressive wage decisions and the related technical instruction (RTI) choice.
Approved RTI can be sourced in any of the following:
• Career and Technical Education – within the public school system
• Vocational or Technical Centers
• 4 year colleges or Universities
• Community Colleges
• On-line/correspondent coursework
• Sponsor delivered – with oversight and approval of the Education Specialist
• Customized/specialized training – as in immersion training such as Police Academies, OSHA Training Institute, Northwest Lineman College.
We anticipate that technology will continue to bring us new types of training opportunities and welcome all suggestions to add to the menu options for employer/sponsors and their apprentices.