PROTECTING REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
The DOL proposed rule change would create Industry Recognized Apprentice Programs (IRAP) that are not held to the same standards as Registered Apprenticeship Programs. Construction Registered Apprenticeship Programs help recruit train and retain workers through progressive wage increases; apprentice to journey workers ratios that promote safety and mentorship; uniform standards; mandatory safety training and diversity programs. While we applaud the governments interest in expanding apprenticeship opportunities in new industries, IRAPS have no place in construction.
What is Apprenticeship?
The Building Trades have embraced apprenticeship for hundreds of years. There are currently over 10,341 women and men participating in a Building Trades apprenticeship in Minnesota.
Apprenticeship training is a formal system of employee training that combines on-the-job training with related technical instruction. It is designed to produce craftworkers who are fully competent in all aspects of an occupation including knowledge, skill and proficiency on the job. With apprenticeship training, there is a written contract between the apprentice and the employer or apprenticeship program sponsor, which is approved by and registered with the State of Minnesota. This agreement specifies the total length of training, number of school hours (related technical instruction) and an outline of the skills of the trade to be learned and the wages the apprentice will receive.
Building Trades Apprenticeship Information
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