of Apprenticeship Terminology


  • Apprenticeship USA – The initiative of the Department of Labor to address the skills gap in middle skill occupations.
  • California Apprenticeship Initiative (CAI) – Funding opportunity launched by the California Community College Workforce Division to encourage Community Colleges to create and implement a registered apprenticeship program.
  • Department of Labor (DOL) – Government office established to regulate labor practices and encourage employment.
  • Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) – Division of the California Office of Industrial Relations that oversees standards for the Registered Apprenticeship program.
  • Doing What Matters (DWM) – A $200 million dollar funding initiative to enable Community Colleges to expand existing Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and improve student success.
  • Employment Training Association (ETA) – A division of the Department of Labor charged with administering the policies under the National Apprenticeship Act.
  • Employment Training Panel (ETP) – provides funding to employers to assist in upgrading the skills of their workers through training that leads to good paying, long-term jobs.
  • Federal Work Study (FWS) – Provides wage subsidy for students who qualify for Federal Financial Aid; may be available to a student who works as an apprentice with a local company under the Registered Apprenticeship Program.
  • Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (a.k.a. LA-WDB) – Local government entity that administers funding under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
  • Middle Skilled Position – A position that requires some college or specialized training, but not a four year college degree. Examples of positions include, Computer Numerical Control Machinist, Certified Nursing Assistant, etc.
  • Occupation Information Network (O-Net) – A full-access, online version of the occupational network database published by the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • OJT – On-the-Job Training = Training by an employer that is provided to a paid participant while engaged in productive work
  • Registered Apprenticeship Partners Information Data System (RAPIDS) – Maintains occupation codes (similar to O-Net) of careers that may be approved under the Registered Apprenticeship model.
  • Registered Apprenticeship (RA) – An Apprenticeship training program that is registered (approved) with the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • RTI – Related Technical Instruction = Additional instruction relevant to on-the-job training that provides the apprentice with knowledge of the theoretical and technical aspects of the occupation.
  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) – Replaced the Workforce Investment ACT (WIA) in 2014, providing funding through local workforce development boards to address the employment challenges in underserved and under-skilled populations.