The Apprenticeship Completion Award Program (ACAP) partially reimburses eligible apprentices, sponsors and employers for certain costs of related instruction. ACAP was developed by the Legislature, and signed by Governor Walker (2013 WI Act 57). The program began June 2, 2014.
ACAP will be administered by the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS), as directed by law. BAS may reimburse the apprentice, the employer and the sponsor a maximum of $1,000 for up to 25% of the tuition, book, materials and other course fees directly associated with related instruction.
ACAP funding totals $450,000. The program will conclude on June 30, 2015.
Apprenticeship is a structured system of training designed to prepare individuals for skilled occupations. It combines on-the-job learning under the supervision of experienced journey workers with related classroom instruction. It is sponsored by employers, employer associations, or labor/management groups that can hire and train in a working situation.
The employment opportunity is the most basic requirement for an apprenticeship. Without a job there is no "on-the-job" learning, and such training represents about 90% of the program. Apprentices who successfully complete the prescribed number of training hours in an apprenticeship program become certified skilled workers.
A written agreement between the apprentice and the sponsor is registered with the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards, Department of Workforce Development.
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