Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council

What is the VT Child Care Apprenticeship Program (VCCAP)?

The VT Child Care Industry and Careers Council (VCCICC) collaborates with the VT Department of Labor to offer
apprenticeship in the field of child care. VCCAP is a training program where employers match less experienced staff
(assistant teachers, individual aids, paraprofessionals, etc.) with mentors (head teachers, assistant directors, program
coordinators, directors, etc.) in the workplace for formal training in their classrooms. VCCAP follows the tradition of
registered apprenticeship, which combines supervised on-the-job training with 297 hours of formal training hours over a
2-year time period. These training hours include 6 or 7 college courses (18-21 credits) in the field of early care and
education, community based trainings, and 4,000 hours of supervised on-the-job training. Typically, apprentices enroll in
one college course per semester while working full time (or close to full time) in child care. All college course work is
supported through a T.E.A.C.H. Apprenticeship Scholarship.
VCCICC assists apprentices through recruitment and orientation into Registered Apprenticeship, as well as providing
materials and the framework for on the job training. VCCICC staff is available to support the individual apprentices,
mentors, and employers through site visits, phone calls, emails, and collection of documentation throughout the training
program. VCCICC is also responsible for compliance with all requirements of the VT Department of Labor.