The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is promoting and supporting the expansion of youth Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs) for both in-school and out-of-school, between the ages of 16-24 years.  This document describes how the WIOA Youth program, Registered Apprenticeship programs (RAPs) and Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship programs (IRAPs) can coordinate and mutually benefit from strategic coordination.  

Registered Apprenticeships (RAPs) models of job preparation, validated by DOL or a DOL-recognized State Apprenticeship Agency (SAA), combines paid on the job training (OJT) with related instruction (RI) to progressively increase workers’ skill levels and wages. 

Because RAPs are effective models that expose young people to career pathways, prepare youth for success in the work place and further education after high school, we encourage the leveraging of RAPs for WIOA Youth program participants to maximize youth opportunities and their outcomes.  .

ETA has invested in numerous opportunities to expand RAPs.  To learn more about apprenticeships in your communities, visit