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The Apprenticeship & Training Office

The Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO) provides a number of services to businesses, employers, training providers, and other community-based organizations assistance to establish and maintain all registered apprenticeship programs within the commonwealth. The ATO provides support in each step of the apprenticeship process - providing guidance, necessary contacts, access to grants and funding and capacity building.

Registered Apprenticeship

Pennsylvania’s industry is the cornerstone of our economic success but skill gaps and talent shortages have left employers unable to meet demand and leave skilled, well-paid positions unfilled. Registered apprenticeship programs help recruit and develop a highly skilled workforce benefitting both employer and apprentice. Employers see reduced turnover, lower training costs and improved productivity while apprentices have the opportunity to earn a paycheck while receiving hands-on training and instruction that result in successful, well-paid and highly respected careers.

An apprenticeship program includes a paid-work component and an education or instructional component tailored to industry needs. Programs can be integrated into an organizations current training curriculum and human resource development strategy and our ATO office can help.

Apprenticeship works across a variety of industries. Programs in manufacturing, construction, energy and transportation have seen successful for years. New industries - finance and business, IT, telecommunications, hospitality, health care and energy are also benefitting from apprenticeship programs.

Pre-Apprenticeship Programs

Pre-apprenticeship programs can be developed by schools, community organizations or others and lay the foundation for future apprentices. With a structure similar to a registered apprenticeship program, each pre-apprenticeship program establishes a connection to an existing apprenticeship program and delivers both hands on and instructional-based learning. Through these programs, pre-apprentices are provided with the opportunity to earn an industry-recognized credential while having access to support services and career counseling.

If you would like to learn more about these innovative programs and the benefits they can have for employers, workers and your community, visit the Pre-Apprenticeship page to get started.

Find Apprenticeship & Training Opportunities

Through the Apprenticeships page on PA CareerLink, you can learn more about the Registered Apprenticeship Program, find opportunities or register your training or pre-apprenticeship program. 

PA DCED - Pre- Apprentice and Apprenticeship Program Grants

The PA Department of Community & Economic Development offers an apprenticeship grant. The Pre-Apprentice and Apprenticeship Grant Program is a statewide program which offers assistance to registered apprenticeship programs. The program’s goal is to increase apprenticeship availability to Pennsylvania employers to assist them with their talent recruitment and development.

Helpful Resources about Apprenticeships:

PA Apprenticeship and Training Council - Request for Modification

A Program Sponsor's request for a modification of its program standards must comply with the procedure adopted by the Pennsylvania Apprenticeship and Training Council. In accordance with the Council's procedures, the Bureau will accept comments regarding apprenticeship program modification requests from any and all interested parties. The Bureau will forward to Council any written statements from any interested parties prior to the Council's consideration.

Comments should be addressed to the 'Apprenticeship and Training Council' using the contact information found below.

ATO Contact Information

Director, Eric Ramsay
Apprenticeship and Training Office

PA Department of Labor & Industry
12th floor, Labor & Industry Building
651 Boas Street
Harrisburg, PA 17121

Phone: 717.787.6997, Fax: 717.787.0517


Western Region

Jim Reese,

Central Region

Jim Reese,

Eastern Region

Jim Reese,

Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington and Westmoreland Counties


Adams, Berks, Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Pike, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wayne, Wyoming and York Counties


Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties


Link to U.S. Department of Labor