Registered Apprenticeship Programme
The Registered Apprenticeship Programme (RAP) is a renewed and deliberate intervention being implemented by the Ministry of Education and administered by the HEART Trust/NTA, under the leadership and governance of the National Apprenticeship Board. The Agency’s involvement with the programme communicates our commitment to and support for the RAP; which facilitates the preparation of a highly skilled trained and certified workforce for the country.
Guided by the National Qualification Framework (NQF), the Registered Apprenticeship Programme (RAP) is a formally structured, modernised competency-based, standards-driven, flexible and inclusive approach to on-the-job training; that leads to internationally recognized certification. The HEART Trust/NTA fully endorses the Apprenticeship Programme and commits to supporting the programme for the benefit of all Jamaicans.
Given the flexibility and multi-modal nature of the programme, there is a range of entry criteria. To join the RAP you will need to:
Note: Applicants must be able to satisfy any other criteria stipulated by the sector/industry
- Be at least seventeen (17) years of age at time of application (16 years for school-based applicants);
- Have secondary high school education (minimum grade 9) or
- Have NVQ-J/CVQ/CGLI/Diploma/Associate Degree/Bachelor Degree or equivalent
Apprenticeship may be categorized as:
- School Based - apprentices enrolled in training institutions (example CAP) spend 70 -80% of their training hours in the classroom with the remaining 20 - 30% spent in industry for on the job practical skills development
- Work Based – apprentices spend 70 - 80% of their hours in industry for on the job practical skills development with the remaining 20 - 30% spent in theoretical training.