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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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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Apprenticeship program rule respects construction trades’ turf

Sources: U.S. Department of Labor; North America’s Building Trades Unions, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

A Labor Department rule effective May 10 establishes a system to advance development of Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAP) and guidelines for third-party stakeholders to become Standards Recognition Entities (SRE). Candidates for latter include associations, companies, educational institutions, state or local governments, non-profits, unions, joint labor-management organizations, plus professional or industry certification and accreditation bodies. 

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Union-endorsed apprenticeship program proposal rattles AGC, ABC

Sources: Associated General Contractors of America, Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

proposal paving the way for associations to play stepped up roles in industry-recognized apprenticeship program (IRAP) development and oversight is drawing criticism from the two leading contractor groups due to its exclusion of construction. 

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Associations poised for authoritative role in apprenticeship programs

Sources: U.S. Department of Labor; CP staff

A Labor Department Notice of Proposed Rulemaking calls for empowering agency staff to advance development of industry-recognized apprenticeship programs (IRAP), and trade associations or other not-for-profit organizations to function as Standards Recognition Entities (SRE) overseeing IRAP training, structure, and curricula in relevant industries or occupational areas.

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Contractors welcome Trump’s take on apprenticeship, vocational training programs

Sources: U.S. Department of Labor; Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.

With an eye to reducing regulatory burdens on workforce development, one of President Donald Trump’s latest Executive Orders calls on the Secretary of Labor, in consultation with Department of Education and Commerce counterparts, to propose regulations promoting development of apprenticeship programs by industry, trade or nonprofit groups, unions and joint labor-management organizations. It also directs the Commerce and Labor departments to promote apprenticeships to business leaders in manufacturing and infrastructure sectors.

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