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CIRT Comments on DOL Rulemaking RE: Apprenticeships

Mon, August 26, 2019 2:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

While voicing general support for the Trump Administration’s overall direction and decision to address America's skills gap and expand the apprenticeship model to new industries, as proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor rule under the National Apprenticeship Act (NAA) to establish a process for recognizing Standards Recognition Entities (SREs), which will in turn acknowledge “Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs,” CIRT urged DOL to expand the scope to include the A/E/C apprenticeship and training programs in the final application of the new rule.

The Round Table pointed-out that the A/E/C industry has pursued an active effort to address its critical workforce shortages with apprenticeship-like training programs conducted by individual private sector firms, at great cost to the companies, without these programs always being fully recognized. The comment noted: “
These programs don’t only have a long track record, but they could help set the quality standards and expectations for the DOL’s proposal when it comes to such “industry programs.”  The acceptance, growth, and quality of the A/E/C “industry programs” would greatly benefit from recognition under the proposed DOL rulemaking.”  [See, CIRT Comment for details]. 

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