Registered apprenticeship is an earn-and-learn strategy that combines classroom and on-the-job training. Traditionally used in the trades including utilities and construction, New Jersey is working to expand apprenticeships to nontraditional occupations such as health care, transportation, life sciences, and other industries. New Jersey is also working to ensure expanded access to apprenticeships for women and people of color, who have historically been overlooked.
In spring 2023, the Council (NJCCC), with support from the New Jersey Department of Labor (NJDOL) launched an initiative to develop and administer the NJ Apprenticeship Technical Assistance Collaborative (A-TAC). The NJ Apprenticeship Technical Assistance Collaborative, also known as A-TAC, is a statewide initiative that supports technical assistance for the growth and expansion of registered apprenticeship programs while promoting best in class diversity, equity, and inclusion practices. This effort is supported by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and Jobs for the Future (JFF), nationally recognized experts in Registered Apprenticeship Programs.
A-TAC Community of Practice
As part of the New Jersey Apprenticeship Technical Assistance Collaborative (NJ A-TAC), the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC) and Jobs for the Future (JFF), with support from the New Jersey Department of Labor (NJDOL), will be launching a year-long Registered Apprenticeship Community of Practice (CoP) this month to expand Registered Apprenticeship programs while promoting best-in-class diversity, equity, and inclusion practices throughout NJ. This CoP will guide and support NJ community colleges and local workforce development boards (Focus Sites) on how to effectively establish, expand, and promote Registered Apprenticeship in their communities. As part of the CoP, Focus Site staff will engage in monthly learning events, customized coaching with subject matter experts, and other activities to expand the knowledge and use of Registered Apprenticeship at these organizations and increase the number of programs operating in the state.
Combining Classroom and On-the-Job Training
Through A-TAC, NJCCC and its Workforce Consortium will partner with Community Colleges, vocational and technical schools, workforce development boards, One Stop Career Centers, community partners, unions, and the business community, tailoring resources to meet the need of different registered apprenticeship stakeholders. A-TAC will also support efforts to help connect registered apprenticeships to degrees.
How It Works
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The goal of A-TAC is to provide technical assistance that supports the growth and expansion of registered apprenticeship programs in New Jersey and promotes best-in-class diversity, equity, and inclusion practices. A-TAC will provide access to webinars, toolkits, and other resources and coaching for New Jersey’s apprenticeship stakeholders.
A-TAC seeks to align efforts across the state to expand and diversify Registered Apprenticeship, through convenings, accessible training for new staff, and a growing Community of Practice. Explore our pages to learn more.
A-TAC’s Strategy is Driven by Six Key Words:
Inspire - Highlight promising practices and success stories from existing funded Registered Apprenticeship programs and partnerships.
Simplify - Use technical assistance to provide essential knowledge of the components of Registered Apprenticeships and, through information, clarify the process needed to establish them.
Align - Connect Registered Apprenticeships to key statewide employment strategies across our partners to ensure they are sustainable.
Diversify - Promote promising diversity, equity, and inclusion practices while expanding Registered Apprenticeships in NJ.
Resource - Explore how various funding streams can be aligned to support Registered Apprenticeships for employers, trainers, and job seekers.
Impact - Provide insights into the economic impact and return on investment of Registered Apprenticeship for employees and businesses.
The Apprenticeship Model and Registered Apprenticeship Program Design (NJ A-TAC)
NJ-ATAC is a partnership of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC), the American Institutes for Research (AIR), and Jobs for the Future (JFF), with support from the New Jersey Department of Labor (NJDOL). NJ A-TAC supports technical assistance to expand registered apprenticeship programs while promoting best-in-class diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.
The Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) Model
Three Apprenticeship Program Designs
How To Put the Elements Together