The Office of Apprenticeship & Training
Program Modification Requests for Review
The Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO) of the PA Department of Labor and Industry provides a number of services to businesses, employers, training providers, and other community-based organizations to help establish and maintain all registered apprenticeship programs within the Commonwealth. The ATO provides assistance throughout each step of the apprenticeship process - providing guidance, necessary contacts, access to grants and funding and capacity building.
Registered Apprenticeship: Training for the 21st Century
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 an organization's current training and human resource development strategy and our ATO office can help you all the way!
Apprenticeship works across a variety of industries. Programs in manufacturing, construction, energy and transportation have seen success for years. New industries - finance and business, IT, telecommunications, hospitality, healthcare and energy are also benefitting from 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.
Apprenticeship Program Grants
The PA Department of Community & Economic Development is also offering 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.
Request for Modification of Program Standards
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.
Received Program Modification Requests for Review
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
Link to U.S. Department of Labor