Survey: White House rule discourages construction apprenticeship participation

An Associated Builders & Contractors survey finds the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) controversial, 180,000-plus word proposed rule overhauling regulations related to government-registered apprenticeship programs (GRAPs) will discourage apprentices, contractors and ABC chapter apprenticeship program providers from participating in the Department-backed system. “Initial feedback on changes to apprenticeship regulations has been overwhelmingly negative and these survey results make it clear…

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ABC: Registered apprenticeship system no match for skilled labor needs

It would take 14 years for federal and state government-registered apprenticeship programs to educate the 650,000 workers the construction industry needs to hire in 2022, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Department of Labor data from 2021. DOL figures indicate that the construction industry’s federal government-registered apprenticeship system produced just 24,822 completers of its four- to…

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Labor no longer sees Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking public comment on a proposal to eliminate the Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP), allowing the agency to direct resources toward expanding access to the established Registered Apprenticeships programs. The proposed rule is the latest action responding to White House Executive Order 14016, including the suspension of review of applications…

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Labor Department promotes registered apprenticeships

The U.S. Department of Labor will mark 2021 National Apprenticeship Week November 15-21. The event allows labor and business leaders, educational institutions, career seekers and other partners to demonstrate support for apprenticeships in preparing a highly skilled, diverse workforce to meet the talent needs of employers and train Americans for good-paying jobs across multiple industries. “Registered apprenticeships provide a path…

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Labor Department turns back clock on apprenticeship programs

The U.S. Department of Labor is reviewing nominations for members to serve on the newly reinstated National Advisory Committee on Apprenticeships. Candidates will include a diverse set of stakeholders—from those representing unions, employers or apprentices to community colleges and other institutions—to build a Registered Apprenticeship Program. Members will focus on expanding apprenticeships into fast-growing industries and sectors to create more…

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Foundation fosters apprenticeships for heavy equipment and truck mechanics

The U.S. Department of Labor has approved the AED Foundation (AEDF) as a Standards Recognition Entity (SRE) for heavy equipment or truck mechanics and service technicians, plus diesel engine specialists. The designation allows it to guide members of Associated Equipment Distributors, Schaumburg, Ill., as they launch Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs.

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Equipment manufacturers propel mechanics apprenticeships

Sources: Associated Equipment Distributors, AEF Foundation, Schaumburg, Ill.; CP staff The U.S. Department of Labor has approved the AED Foundation (AEDF) as a Standards Recognition Entity (SRE) for heavy equipment or truck mechanics and service technicians and diesel engine specialists. The designation allows it to guide Associated Equipment Distributors members as they launch Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs.

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Agency launches program portal for Industry-Recognized Apprenticeships

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP) Standards Recognition Entities (SRE) online application is live. Excepting those in construction trades, the program enables organizations to pursue SRE certification, then develop and administer training for paid apprenticeships in manufacturing and other sectors.

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Labor Department apprenticeship program rule respects construction trades’ turf

A Department of Labor rule effective next month establishes a system to advance development of Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAP) and guidelines for third-party stakeholders to become Standards Recognition Entities (SRE). The rule reflects input from a July-August 2019 public comment period during which the Department’s Employment and Training Administration logged a record 326,798 responses.

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Agency launches Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program portal

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

The Labor Department’s Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP) Standards Recognition Entities (SRE) online application portal has gone live. Excepting those in construction trades, the program enables organizations to pursue SRE certification, then develop and administer training for paid apprenticeships in manufacturing and other sectors.

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