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Workforce Development

SUNY Apprenticeship Programs

Why Develop a Registered Apprenticeship Program?

As an employer in New York, trained, skilled workers are needed to keep your company moving forward. Apprentices have a genuine interest in your industry. Being part of an apprenticeship program may reduce hiring costs by providing a streamlined channel to bring on new workers. When working with apprentices, companies report higher productivity, retention rates (less turnover), and substantial return on investment.

See a list of approved trades from the New York State Department of Labor.

Funding Opportunities

The Apprenticeship Programs at SUNY will:

  • Cover a portion of Related Instruction tuition costs for Registered Apprentices from your company studying at a SUNY college.
  • Reimburse a SUNY college for a portion of training for Pre-Apprentices to prepare them to work in your business.
  • Cover a portion of the cost to assess Registered Apprentices’ assessment conducted by a SUNY college for hybrid and competency programs.
  • Reimburse advanced manufacturing employers with 50 or fewer employees for a portion of a Registered Apprentice’s wages during On the Job Training (OJT).

State tax incentives include:

Empire State Apprenticeship Tax Credit (ESATC)

  • Provides tax incentives to certified New York State Registered Apprenticeship sponsors for hiring newly qualified Registered Apprentices.
  • Offsets costs incurred by employer sponsors who employ Registered Apprentices.

Apprenticeship Expansion Grant (AEG)

  • Provides funding to cover costs associated with training apprentices to certified New York State Registered Apprenticeship sponsors.
  • Reimburses costs including Related Instruction, OJT, books, and tools.


Workforce Development
Phone: 716-614-6236
Location: A-231