With funding from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship, the Urban Institute is building national frameworks for registered apprenticeships in a wide array of occupations. The frameworks are consensus based, meaning they are drafted in cooperation with employers, educators, and other workforce and training experts. The goal is to broaden the country’s number and scope of registered apprenticeships.
Employers and others can use the frameworks to fast-track the development of their own registered apprenticeships, with assurance that they are well researched and consistent across national programs. The frameworks are competency based rather than time based, meaning that abilities are emphasized over memorized knowledge and skills and are more important than the number of hours spent working on tasks. The result is high-quality frameworks that are freely available for all to use.
April 15, 2019 Update:
The Urban Institute, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship, has released nine new national Competency-Based Occupational Frameworks (CBOFs) for advanced manufacturing, health care, and IT.
These nine new frameworks include:
- CNC Set-Up Programmer
- Industrial Maintenance Mechanic
- Industrial Manufacturing Technician
- Mechatronics Technician (Basic, fitter-focus)
- Mechatronics Technician (Intermediate, installer-focus)
- Surgical Technologist
- Database Technician
- Software Developer