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A competency-based apprenticeship
requires apprentices to demonstrate their mastery of specific skills, knowledge, and abilities to progress through their programs. It allows an employer to measure the competencies their apprentices gain, while allowing apprentices some flexibility in how they advance through the program. There are several resources available to further understand and develop these types of apprenticeships.
If you are looking for a quick overview, read this brief blog post that describes a recent Jobs for the Future webinar: Understanding Competency-Based Apprenticeship Programs.
It describes 1) competency-based programs, 2) the U.S. Department of Labor’s view on the approach, and 3) an example of the competency-based approach in Nevada.
Looking for help building your competency-based apprenticeship curriculum? Several organizations provide complimentary frameworks and models for apprenticeship and related technical curriculum.
- • Urban Institute offers 19 frameworks and work process schedules for careers in the advanced manufacturing, energy, health care, information technology, and transportation fields on their Competency-Based Occupational Frameworks for Registered Apprenticeships site. The frameworks, developed in collaboration with employers, educators, and workforce development experts, describe job purpose, functions, competencies, and performance criteria and are approved by the U.S. Department of Labor.
- • American Institute for Innovative Apprenticeship (AIIA) provides frameworks for careers in other fields such as agriculture, horticulture, and animal care and arts, media, and publishing. AIIA also provides a framework template available for download if you would like to build your own.
- • Career One-Stop Competency Model Clearinghouse provides a wealth of resources, although not necessarily specific to apprenticeship, including “models in action” by industry and a technical assistance guide.