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U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) Apprenticeship Program
The partnership between PEN and the U.S. Department of Labor was formed to bring Registered Apprenticeship Programming into PEN’s various operations throughout the Indiana Department of Correction. This partnership creates opportunity for offender workers to learn viable job skills that provide an avenue to meaningful employment after release from incarceration.
An Apprenticeship is a combination of On-the-Job and Related Training Instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a skilled occupation. Throughout the course of this training, the apprentice fulfills a long-term commitment that will benefit them in multiple areas including the re-entry process.
Registered Apprenticeship is a nationally recognized industry focused training program that provides skill certification, for individuals successfully completing all program requirements.
The On-the-Job Training component requires a minimum 2,000 hours of structured, supervised training. The specific skills for each trade are outlined in the work process and provided to the Apprentice upon registration. During the program, supervisors review, evaluate, and maintain records relating to each apprentice’s job performance.
Related Training Instruction is a required component that supplements the On-the-Job Training of each Apprenticeship offered. The Related Instruction may be administered in a classroom, by a skilled trainer, or through various forms of self-study.
Click the links below for further program information, recognitions and reports.