To help clarify the association between Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Registered Apprenticeships (RA), the National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education (NCICTE) undertook a systematic review of the programmatic, administrative, and financial policies that six states—Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and Washington—have developed to link the two programs.

CTE and RA programs have many similarities: each is structured to include classroom-based instruction and work experiences, with technical training becoming progressively more advanced to prepare individuals for career entry. Experiential learning in CTE programs comes in the form of Work-based learning placements that, although generally less time intensive than the On-th-Job training required of an apprentice, exposes them to the real-world applications of technical skills. The two programs also have overlapping content, with CTE coursework at the secondary level tending toward career exploration, and RA programs providing more specialized and intensive training to prepare individuals for a specific occupation.

Researchers identified these states based on input from Office of Apprenticeship and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE).