16. What are the benefits for sponsors?


  • Benefit from participating staff members building strong and open relationships; stronger teamwork, communication and problem-solving skills.
  • Benefit from participants engaging in reflective practices, which will enhance staff’s quality over time.
  • Benefit from a more skilled and better educated staff; completing Apprenticeship qualifies employees as Teacher Associates under Child Development Division licensing regulations.
  • May use participation in the Apprenticeship Program for points in the Staff Qualifications Arena, if the program participates in STARS, the state’s Quality Rating and Improvement System. Completed apprentices are able to attain a Level IIIA certificate on the Northern Lights Career Ladder, which is worth 9 points. In addition, each college course earns 45 hours of professional development.
  • Sign, with their apprentice, a contract with T.E.A.C.H., which states apprentices will stay at their employer for one year after the end of each educational contract.
  • Receive partial reimbursement for the 3 hours/week of paid release time granted to Apprentices.