Apprenticeship Training (2022)

Program Description The Bureau’s Career Technical Education (CTE) program falls under three broad categories: 1) Apprenticeship Training, 2) Certification Course Training, and 3) Vocational Training.

Apprenticeship Training: Apprenticeship training prepares the student for employment in various trades through structured programs underneath a journeyman in that trade, approved at the state and national levels by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, U.S. Department of Labor.

Generally, these programs require inmates to have completed the high school equivalency, but concurrent enrollment is sometimes possible. Each individual program is designed to enhance post-release employment opportunities by providing inmates with the ability to obtain marketable, in-demand employment skills. Programs follow standardized work processes with related trade instruction, which teaches specific job skills and leads to a Department of Labor apprenticeship certificate.

A large variety of standardized Department of Labor apprenticeships are offered throughout the Bureau and are highly encouraged; inmates may participate in 2,000 to 8,000 hour programs, which are supervised by local journeymen.

Time Frame
Hours This program is typically completed in 500 hours.
Needs Addressed Work
Program Delivery To ensure program fidelity and proper credit, Apprenticeship Training must be delivered by a qualified journeyman in the specific trade. Related Trades instruction must be delivered by Education staff.
Institution Locations Available at all BOP institutions.