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Department of Labor Publishes Rules to Modernize National Apprenticeship System

The Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration released updated regulations for the National Apprenticeship System. The Office of Apprenticeship has launched a new resource to provide you with information and to keep you updated on new developments related to these regulations.

MechanicRegistered Apprenticeship is a proven system for training employees in a variety of occupations that require a wide range of skills and knowledge. It is an ideal way for employers to build and maintain a skilled workforce. Registered Apprenticeship combines supervised on-the-job training with technical classroom studies in subjects related to the apprentice's chosen occupation. Apprenticeship, by virtue of its success in preparing skilled workers, helps America compete more effectively in the global economy, and contributes to America's economic development, sustained economic growth, and national security.

The National Apprenticeship Act of 1937 authorizes the federal government in cooperation with the states, to oversee the nation's apprenticeship system. The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship in conjunction with state apprenticeship agencies, is responsible for registering apprenticeship programs that meet federal and state standards (if applicable). It issues Certificates of Completion to apprentices, encourages the development of new programs through marketing and technical assistance, protects the safety of and welfare of apprentices and assures that all programs provide high quality training to their apprentices.

Apprenticeship programs are operated by both the public and private sectors. Apprenticeship programs who are registered with the office of apprenticeship are called sponsors. A sponsorClerical Worker of a registered apprenticeship program may be employers, employer associations, and labor-management organizations. Recently Community Colleges, Workforce Development Centers, Faith, and Community Based Organizations have collaborated with business and industry to develop registered apprenticeship programs through sponsoring employer-participation agreements. The sponsor of an apprenticeship program plans, administers and usually pays for the program.

Regions that adopt robust Registered Apprenticeship programs in the context of economic development strategies, create seamless pipelines of skilled workers and flexible career pathways to meet current and future workforce demands.


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