The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed significant changes to the federal apprenticeship rules. The proposed rules seek to establish a second-tier apprenticeship structure called Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (a.k.a. IRAPs or Industry Programs). Industry Programs will not be held to the same standards as Registered Apprenticeship Programs, such as the union programs your company participates in. Industry Programs are a good thing for industries where Registered Apprenticeships aren’t common, but they threaten to undermine Registered Apprenticeship Programs in the construction industry.
The Signatory Wall and Ceiling Contractors Alliance (SWACCA) recommended individual employers to submit comments on the proposed rules. DISCA Executive Director, Bill Umbach, responded on behalf of the association. Please click the button below to read his comments.