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Apprenticeship enables employers to provide employees with a holistic talent development program through high-quality education, opportunities to earn industry-recognized credentials, and on-the-job training and mentorship.

The Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) administers Virginia's Registered Apprenticeship (RA) program. Registered Apprenticeship creates earn-while-you-learn models that provide occupation-specific training. Virginia's community colleges can be providers of the required Related Technical Instruction (RTI) that supports Work-Based Learning (WBL). Community colleges provide valuable training and RTI for various employers, businesses, and sponsors. Employers who wish to start RA programs can find their local Registered Apprenticeship Consultant.

Individuals who are interested in becoming an apprentice can find sponsoring employers.

Improve Efficiency

Apprentices progress as they gain specific industry competencies, improving training efficiency and effectiveness for employers.

Proven Skills

After a period of education and instruction, apprentices take nationally recognized exams to earn tech credentials to demonstrate mastery of high-priority skills.

Increase Diversity

Apprenticeship programs create wider avenues for hiring and talent acquisition while building a more inclusive workforce that brings new and exciting perspectives to the company.


Many apprenticeship programs provide opportunities to veterans and their families. Veterans bring many valuable skills to organizations, including proven leadership skills, a strong work ethic, and the ability to work well under pressure.

Custom Fit and Practical Support

NOVA works directly with each company to tailor the program to actual workforce needs and takes care of the paperwork to set it up.

Scalable and Sustainable Solutions

NOVA works with every employer to ensure that apprenticeship programs are scalable and built to fit the employer's needs. Financial support for apprenticeship implementation may be available for qualifying employer programs.


of employers with apprenticeship programs would recommend apprenticeships to others.


retention rate of apprentices after program completion.