Pre-apprenticeship, as defined in 681.480 of this chapter, means a program designed to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in an apprenticeship program registered under the Act of August 16, 1937 (commonly known as the National Apprenticeship Act; 50 Stat. 664, chapter 663; 29 U.S.C. 50 et seq.) (referred to in this part as a registered apprenticeship or registered apprenticeship program) and includes the following elements:
(1) Training and curriculum that aligns with the skill needs of employers in the economy of the State or region involved;
(2) Access to educational and career counseling and other supportive services, directly or indirectly;
(3) Hands-on, meaningful learning activities that are connected to education and training activities, such as exploring career options, and understanding how the skills acquired through coursework can be applied toward a future career;
(4) Opportunities to attain at least one industry-recognized credential; and
(5) A partnership with one or more registered apprenticeship programs that assists in placing individuals who complete the pre-apprenticeship program in a registered apprenticeship program.
(6) YouthBuild programs that receive funding under this part are considered pre-apprenticeship programs under this definition.


20 CFR § 688.120

Scoping language

In addition to the definitions at sec. 3 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and 675.300 of this chapter, the following definitions apply:

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