New Hampshire

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New Hampshire

State of the State

New Hampshire: State of the State

Apprentice OA Office Details

Lauren M. Smith, State Director (SD)
Wynn B. Young, Apprenticeship Training Representative (ATR)
Cleveland Federal Building
55 Pleasant Street, Room #3505
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 225-1444 • (603) 225-1446

Key Initiatives

  • Expand registered apprenticeships in health care, advanced manufacturing, information technology, hospitality, and construction industries;
  • Engage in systems-building initiatives that further the interests of expanding registered apprenticeships in targeted industries;
  • Support the efforts of the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) as they develop and expand apprenticeships in NH;
  • Advocate for equity and inclusion within the NH registered apprenticeship system;
  • Introduce Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs to employers of NH; and
  • Increase workforce development partnerships to leverage resources effectively.

Statistics FY 2017 to 2018                       FY17                FY18                +/-                    +/- 

Number of Apprentices:                            2,814                3,150                +336                 +12%

Number of New Apprentices:                       818                 1,394                +574                 +70%

Number of Completed Apprentices:              400                   573                 +173                 +43%

Number of Sponsors:                                  310                   350                   +40                 +13%

Number New Sponsors:                               24                      40                   +16                 +66%


Apprentice Advisory Council

The New Hampshire State Apprenticeship Advisory Council is governed under Title XXIII – LABOR, Chapter 278 – APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS IN TRADE AND INDUSTRY.

Chapter 278:2: “composed of: the labor commissioner or designee, the commissioner of the department of employment security or designee, the commissioner of education or designee, and 2 members who shall be employers and 2 members who shall be employees or persons who represent said employees. The commissioner of labor, or designee, shall act as chairman. The 2 members who are employers and the 2 members who are employees or who represent said employees shall be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the council.” The council is currently chaired by Commissioner Ken Merrifield, NH Department of Labor.

Workforce Partnerships

Community College System of NH (CCSNH): In November of 2016, the Community College System of New Hampshire received a State Apprenticeship Expansion (SAE) grants to expand registered apprenticeships in NH.  Strategically aligned with the NH Sector Partnership, CCSNH has made a strong commitment to increase the number of apprentices in health care, advanced manufacturing, information technology, hospitality and construction.

New Hampshire Sector Partnerships Initiative (NH SPI):  businesses within the targeted industries will lead each sector partnership, working with their peers and other key industry partners to identify and address their common workforce needs.  The planning team consists of community-based organizations, state and local agencies, education and training providers as well as the Office of Apprenticeship.  The initiative is currently focused on five industries: advanced manufacturing, hospitality, healthcare, information technology, and recently added industries in construction.

Workforce Accelerator 2025: leverages resources from NH’s Chamber of Commerce to encourage the state’s public, private, and educational sectors to work cooperatively to ensure that 65 percent of Granite State adults have a post-secondary degree or a highly-valued credential needed to support the state’s workforce needs and economy by 2025 (also known as “65 by 25”).  Workforce Accelerator 2025 was created by Business and Industry Association (BIA) and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (NHCF). Funding for the initiative comes from BIA and the Charitable Foundation, with additional support from Fidelity Investments.

New Hampshire Coalition for Business and Education (NHCBE): The New Hampshire Coalition for Business and Education is a non-partisan organization composed of business, education, philanthropic and public policy leaders committed to improving the quality, access, and relevance of education for New Hampshire citizens of all ages.  NHCBE supports and advocates for:

Pathways to 65 by 25: every high school student will be on a path to receiving a career related credential by the year 2025.

Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH), 65 By 25 Initiative: ensures that 65 percent of adults 25 and older in New Hampshire will have some form of post-secondary education, from a certificate to advanced degree, by the year 2025.

65 X 25 Work Group Recommendations:

  • Definition of a high-quality postsecondary credential
  • Target populations and number of credentials to get to 65×25
  • Strategies to reach 65×25
  • Structure to support and sustain statewide effort to reach 65×25

NHCBE endorses the seven following NH education initiatives: STEM – Smarter Pathways; STEAM AHEAD NH: Common Core Standards; NH Scholars; 10,000 Mentors & Competency-Based Learning; Early Learning NH; and NH Education Indicators among others.

Legislative Issues

NH Occupational and Licensing Review and Reform Grant: The Office of Professional Licensure and Certification (OPLC) is a recipient of a Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration grant award in the amount of $244,260.00, from October 17, 2018 through June 30, 2021.

The Occupational and Licensing Review and Reform Grant will allow OPLC to conduct an occupational licensing review and reform analysis on five (5) license categories which encompass 14 occupations and 33 licenses. The five categories of licensure will be: Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals; Office of Allied Health Professionals (including Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistants and Respiratory Care Providers); Barbering, Cosmetology, and Esthetics; Licensed Nursing Assistant, and Pharmacy Technician.

With the support of the grant funding, OPLC through the Request for Proposal (RFP) process, has entered an 18-month contract with the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR) to provide licensing research analysis and subsequently provide recommendations. For more information: and

Revision of RSA 278: Proposed legislation acknowledges three types of apprenticeship: registered apprenticeship, industry-recognized apprenticeship, and non-registered apprenticeship.  The role of NH State Apprenticeship Advisory Council is clarified and limited to non-registered apprenticeships although they are still the primary advisory board for the Office of Apprenticeship.  Functions, roles, responsibilities, and collaborative work among stakeholders is emphasized.  Last updated 2007.

Electricians Licensing Board: updated regulations include high school apprenticeships, high school apprenticeship cards, and changes to mentoring ratios for non-registered apprenticeship programs.

Mechanical Board: updated regulations confirm registered apprenticeship as the apprenticeship model for licensing of plumbers and gas fitters.  Proposed legislation acknowledge Office of Apprenticeship as registration agency and explicitly agree to follow CFR 29.29 and new 29.30 as primary source for administration of all plumbing apprenticeships in NH.