Apprenticeship Missouri logoApprenticeship Missouri works with employers, providers and partners to build a diverse and skilled workforce in Missouri through apprenticeship and work-based learning opportunities.


Missouri currently ranks third in the nation for completed apprenticeships, fourth in the nation for new apprentices, and sixth for active apprentices.


In FY 2021, Missouri had 14,520 active apprentices across 460 registered programs. Missouri ranks in the top 10 in the nation across four out of five categories for Registered Apprenticeships. Since October 2019, Missouri has seen 20,285 new Apprenticeships and 8,140 completed Apprenticeships.


The 2022 Apprenticeship Missouri Summit was held November 14 & 15 in Independence, Missouri.


In 2019, Missouri established a goal of having 20,000 apprentices by 2025. Apprenticeship Missouri has surpassed this milestone 30 months ahead of schedule.


Learn more about Registered Apprenticeships in the Apprenticeship Missouri Playbook.


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Employers, providers, and partners can find tools and resources for starting and sustaining a Registered Apprenticeship program by clicking the graphics below:



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MO Apprentice Ready


In February 2021, the Office of Workforce Development launched an initiative to fund pre-apprenticeship programs throughout the state.


A $1 million investment of federal funds will be used to create pre-apprenticeship opportunities, supporting pathways to Registered Apprenticeships.


Community colleges, local workforce development boards, career and technical education programs, and some labor management organizations will be eligible to apply for grants of up to $50,000. Grants can be used to develop curriculum, to build an apprenticeship program, and will require a pilot cohort.


MO Apprentice Ready will strive to meet the following goals: to create 10 new pre-apprenticeship programs, to increase the diversity of Registered Apprenticeships, and to increase active apprentices in existing programs through pre-apprenticeship.


Pre-apprenticeship is a program or set of services designed to prepare individuals to enter and

succeed in a Registered Apprenticeship program. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, a pre-apprenticeship program must have a documented partnership with at least one Registered Apprenticeship program.


Applications opened Feb. 17, and will close on Monday, March 15. Grant recipients will be announced on Thursday, April 1.


Informational webinars will be held Feb. 23, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to help potential grant recipients understand the request for funds and to answer questions about the application process. Please email to be invited to these webinars.


2021 MO Apprentice Ready Materials




Apprenticeship Missouri Background


Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 19-20 on Nov. 12, 2019, during the 2019 Apprenticeship Missouri Summit establishing the Office of Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning.


Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway in which workers can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a transferable credential while job creators develop and prepare their future workforce. Apprenticeship is:

  • A flexible training model that can be customized to meet the needs of every business and industry.

  • A viable tool for the state to use to give Missourians the necessary skills to succeed.

  • An affordable approach to training and education for the employer and the job seeker.

  • An opportunity to earn a paycheck while learning from day one, reducing the potential to take on student debt.


FY 2020 Office of Apprenticeship & Work-based Learning Annual Report


FY 2021 Office of Apprenticeship & Work-based Learning Annual Report


Apprenticeship Missouri Presskit


 Join the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development by promoting Registered Apprenticeship programs. Check out the MDHEWD Social Presskit to share pre-made social media posts and resources directly from the website.