The Maine Apprenticeship Program assists in setting up structured yet flexible training programs designed to meet the specific needs of Maine employers through on-the-job learning and related classroom instruction. Apprenticeship Programs can be sponsored by employers, employer associations, or labor/management groups that can hire and train in a working situation.
The Maine Apprenticeship Program (MAP) is a formal, industry-led, nationally-recognized, workforce training program for employees that provides in-house skill development through structured on-the-job learning supplemented with technical and theoretical course work.
A sponsor must provide a safe on-the-job learning environment, expose and allow the apprentice to learn and practice all of the skills prescribed in the standards, and provide incremental wage increases as the apprentice gains proficiency and completes course requirements.
Benefits of being an Apprenticeship Sponsor
Provides you with a formal, industry recognized, in-house training program specific to your needs
Engages employees in self-directed learning and incents them to advance their skills
Is proven to reduce employee turnover and increase productivity, quality, safety, and worker versatility
Attracts employees who are interested in, and have aptitudes to learn the skills required by your industry
Gives your industry a voice in workforce education and training matters and links your company to other workforce development resources and information
Helps to pay the cost of your supervisor or journey worker upgrade training to ensure you have the best in-house trainers or mentors for your program
Allows you to pay wages commensurate with their skill levels on Davis Bacon and Prevailing Wage contracts
Keeps your company apprised of best practices, new approaches and resources for workforce skill development
Support Sponsors can Expect from Maine Apprenticeship Program
Assistance with the development of your program
Help identify related instruction providers
Registers your program for federal purposes
As funding permits, sponsors may receive a one-time $500 reimbursement per apprentice to offset the cost of classroom training