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An apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related instruction in which a worker learns the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly-skilled occupation. Apprenticeship programs can be sponsored by individual employers, joint employer and labor groups, and/or employer associations.

One of the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) roles is to safeguard the welfare of apprentices, ensure equality of access to apprenticeship programs, and provide integrated employment and training information to sponsors and the local employment and training community. The Department's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) provides a list of contacts to help in locating apprenticeship opportunities. See also Hiring - Apprenticeship Programs.

In addition, the Wage and Hour Division enforces the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) and sets the wage rates for apprentices on Davis-Bacon projects. The DBRA requires that each contract over $2,000 to which the U.S. or the District of Columbia is a party, or which is federally assisted, for the construction, alteration, or repair of public buildings or public works contain a clause setting forth the minimum wages to be paid to various classes of laborers and mechanics employed under the contract. Contractors or their subcontractors are to pay workers employed directly upon the site of the work no less than the locally prevailing wages and fringe benefits as determined by the Secretary of Labor. On Davis-Bacon projects, the proper wage rates to be paid to apprentices (as defined by the DOL) are those specified by the particular programs in which they are enrolled, expressed as a percentage of the journeyman rate.





  • FLSA Hours Worked Advisor - Provides information about which work-related activities (including time spent in training) are considered "hours worked" under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).



  • Employment and Training Administration (ETA)
    Office of Apprenticeship Training, Employer and Labor Services (OATELS)

    200 Constitution Avenue, NW
    Room N-5311
    Washington, DC 20210
    Tel: 1-877-US2-JOBS (1-877-872-5627), or 202-693-2796
    TTY: 1-877-889-5627
    Fax: 202-693-2808 or 202-693-2761
    Local Offices

  • Employment Standards Administration (ESA)
    Wage and Hour Division
    200 Constitution Avenue, NW
    Room S-3502
    Washington, DC 20210
    Contact WHD
    Tel: 1-866-4USWAGE (1-866-487-9243)
    TTY: 1-877-889-5627
    Local Offices

  • For questions on other DOL laws,
    please call DOL's Toll-Free Help Line at 1-866-4-USA-DOL. Live assistance is available in English and Spanish, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Additional service is available in more than 140 languages through a translation service.
    Tel: 1-866-4-USA-DOL
    TTY: 1-877-889-5627

*Pursuant to the U.S. Department of Labor's Confidentiality Protocol for Compliance Assistance Inquiries, information provided by a telephone caller will be kept confidential within the bounds of the law. Compliance assistance inquiries will not trigger an inspection, audit, investigation, etc.

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