PROJECTCompetency-Based Occupational Frameworks for Registered Apprenticeships

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  • With funding from the US Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship, the Urban Institute is building national frameworks for registered apprenticeships in a wide array of occupations. The frameworks are consensus based, meaning they are drafted in cooperation with employers, educators, and other workforce and training experts. The goal is to broaden the country’s number and scope of registered apprenticeships.

    Employers and others can use the frameworks to fast-track the development of their own registered apprenticeships, with assurance that they are well researched and consistent across national programs. The frameworks are competency based rather than time based, meaning that abilities are emphasized over memorized knowledge and skills and are more important than the number of hours spent working on tasks. The result is high-quality frameworks that are freely available for all to use.

    Please click here to learn more about why competency-based occupational frameworks improve the quality and consistency of apprenticeship programs and how your organization can use them.

    Current frameworks are available in the following sectors:

    Advanced Manufacturing
    Health Care
    Information Technology

    We would love to learn which framework you are using today, how it’s helpful, and any other feedback you would like to share. Please click here to take a brief 2-minute survey. Your response will be anonymous. Thank you!


    This project has been funded, either wholly or in part, with federal funds from the US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration under contract number DOL-ETA-15-C-0087. The contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement of the same by the US government.

    Tags Job training Apprenticeships
    Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population